TIFTON — The Tifton City Council is calling a special meeting Nov. 12 to discuss the Town Terrace Motel, also known as the Pink Motel.
The meeting is at 5 p.m. at City Hall on 130 E. 1st St.
Last week, the Historic Preservation Commission of Tifton voted 5 to 1 in favor of an application to demolish the Town Terrace Motel, also known as the Pink Motel, at the Nov. 5 meeting.
The application was first submitted at the October meeting by John and Michael Bowen with 31 North Real Estate Investors. Their intention, according to the minutes from the October meeting, is to put 21 townhome units on the .73 acre property.
Chairman Jeff Robbins, along with board members Ray Cross, Suzanne Click, Melba Knight and Ann Clayton voted to approve the demolition application.
Board member Kristin Morrison voted against. Board member Chad Tullos was not at the meeting and did not issue a vote.
When asked about her no vote, Morrison said that she voted no because “guidelines weren’t followed.”
In an informal online poll conducted by The Tifton Gazette, 41 commenters voiced their opinion that the motel should be saved or moved and four commenters were in favor of tearing it down.
“It needs to be saved,” said Casey Harrison. “It is such a unique landmark with so much history to it. It can be renovated and remarketed to small businesses, AirBnB or offices.”
“Tear it down and put something productive there,” said Randy Turner.