WE, the undersigned, do hereby protest the demolition of the Union Avenue United Methodist Church, at the corner of Union Avenue and Cooper Street in Midtown Memphis, for the purpose of erecting a CVS Pharmacy. The loss of this historical landmark and the poor suburban design of the structure to be built in its place do not conform to the Midtown Overlay or the wishes of the residents listed below. By signing this petition, each petitioner has pledged never to patronize this particular CVS location, or any other CVS store, whenever there is an option, as an outward sign of his/her disapproval of the aforementioned demolition and CVS’s general disregard of the community’s standards.
MIDTOWN ACTION COALITION
Join us in our efforts to fight CVS and their plans to destroy the historic Union Avenue United Methodist Church in order to erect a boxy, suburban-style pharmacy surrounded by a large parking lot.
This historic church, designed by acclaimed architect John Gaisford in the Classical Revival style, has been individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1987.
Despite strong opposition from our citizens, neighborhood associations, local architects, and the Memphis Regional Design Center, and recommended rejection by our city's Department of Planning and Development and Land Use Control Board, our City Council voted 10-2 to approve the plans submitted by CVS.
Being listed on the National Register does not prevent our historic church from being demolished. Public outcry, however, could aid in the church's survival.
We need your help! Please sign our petition today!