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Former Olive It Cafe building discussion

There's some conversation about whether to write a letter in support of the preservation of the building that used to be the Olive It Cafe. Here's the story colleague Jonathan Brunt wrote.
The current owner would like to tear down the historice building - it used to be a grocery store and has “Rex Flour” on the side - and build a gas station and/or car wash.
The Bemiss Neighborhood Council has written a letter in support of the building.
Motion on the floor: should the Hillyard Neighborhood Council also support the preservation of the building?
Some say the building owner has the right to do whatever he sees fit with his property - others would like to preserve one of the few historic buildings in Bemiss.
There's talk of perhaps moving the building - or moving the wall with the “Rex Flour” sign on it.
The Hillyard Neighborhood Council voted to support the letter Bemiss has already written. The letter calls for another 45 days of metigation to try and find a solution and perhaps preserve the building. Motion passed.

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Welcome to the Hillyard neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last six years I've worked for The Spokesman-Review.

In April, I started a neighborhood blog on South Perry Street (where I live). When it came time to expand the blog activity, Hillyard was an easy pick: There is so much going on in this neighborhood in terms of new businesses and street improvements, festivals and new construction - and there is a strong sense of neighborhood history and pride. I'm looking forward to highlighting all of that on this blog.

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