The City Council has delayed demolishing the dilapidated Mount Eyrie Racquet Club for a month to give potential developers a chance to secure the financing to restore it.
The council agreed to the delay after hearing suggestions to use the building for tennis, golf or religious services. Would-be developers asked for a 60- to 90-day delay, but council members said residents near the club had waited long enough."The neighbors have been very, very patient," said Council member Bonnie McDonald.
The abandoned club, which has stood vacant for more than 10 years, has been a longtime target of complaints from residents who say the building is an eyesore and hazardous to children.
"These proposed ventures, as admirable as they are, are based on speculation," one neighbor said. "We've heard these things for a long time. Let's not go over proposals again and again."
Connie Thurgood, another resident, said the city advertised for development plans in 1989.
"Were these proposals heard at that time?" she asked. "Or did they just come forward when they heard it may be demolished?"
Residents would love to see the building turned into a viable facility, she said.
"But, in the condition it's in, I think it would be a higher financial commitment than they anticipate," she said.