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Preservationists object to destruction of Silberstein Bondy Building

Historic preservationists are objecting to the proposed destruction the Silberstein Bondy Building at 9 W. Superior St. It once housed Silberstein & Bondy Co., the city's largest and finest dry goods store on Superior Street downtown. More re...

Historic preservationists are objecting to the proposed destruction the Silberstein Bondy Building at 9 W. Superior St. It once housed Silberstein & Bondy Co., the city's largest and finest dry goods store on Superior Street downtown. More recently it housed ZLB Plasma Service, which recently vacated the building.

Jim Jarocki, a principal of Vonjaro Co. LLC -- which is developing plans for the nine-story, $24 million office building -- said Tuesday afternoon that he was unaware of any objections to the demolition. "This is the first I've heard of it," he said.

He added that he didn't think the building had historical architectural significance. "There's no historical look from 100 years ago," he said of the building, which was constructed in 1885. Changes made in the 1980s have substantially altered the building, he said.

"I didn't know anybody was upset about this," Jarocki said.

Jarocki and Bruce Von Riedel, his business partner in Vonjaro, have redeveloped several old buildings in the same block of Superior Street into condominiums and retail spaces.

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The Silberstein Bondy building is a contributing structure in the downtown commercial historic district designated by the National Register of Historic Places.

The commission voted unanimously to ask Mayor Herb Bergson to convene an "educational meeting" with representatives of the developer, the Heritage Preservation Commission, City Attorney's office, planning director and Planning Commission.

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