The Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review indicated it will protect two buildings from demolition on West Main Street, including one that houses the Blue Moon Diner. Developer Jeff Levien sought permission to take down buildings at 512 and 600 W. Main St. to make way for a new mixed-use building.

According to Levien, “[these buildings] are ripe for demolition and on an underutilized site and they no longer have any function for the tenants that are there.” However, the city’s historic resources planner Mary Joy Scala said, “the demolition of these houses would have a huge impact on the future of West Main Street.”

We’d like to know your thoughts.  Should the buildings at 512 and 600 W. Main St. be protected from demolition?