Next week's Downtown Design Review Board meeting will have yet another demolition on the agenda, although this one's likely to be a lot less controversial than the Walnut Street buildings owned by St. John's or the Pryor-Brown garage. Randy Boyd, who bought the former home of Patrick Sullivan's and its associated buildings a few months back, is asking for permission to tear down 108 N. Central as part of his renovations of the site. Most of you will know that location better as the home of Lucille's, and then Back Room BBQ.
The one-story building, which was built in 1925, has been altered significantly from its original form. The application for demolition says the building is rotting and is also "not a marketable space;" with it gone, the application continues, the two-story building next door would be more marketable for retail or business tenants. The plans call for a courtyard with a possible outdoor bar on the site, depends on what eventually goes in the Patrick Sullivan's space. In the meantime, MPC staff is requesting the space be covered with vegetation after demolition.
We don't have much to say about the historicism of the building at 108 N. Central (though we're sure Jack Neely will have some thoughts later), but we'll still be a little sad to see it go. In fact, this reporter had her very first drink at a bar in Knoxville at Lucille's way back in the 1990s -- a martini, I think.