Tremont Temple Baptist Church one of three downtown churches known for their role in Macon's civil rights movement. The current congregation no longer worships there, and they want to sell the building to a Dunkin Donuts developer with plans to level the building.
The Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning Commission voted a month ago to deny the permit that would allow Macon businessman Lou Patel to demolish the historic structure in favor of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise.
Advocates are still brainstorming ways to save the historic Tremont Baptist Church in downtown Macon. The congregation wants to sell the property to a developer who has plans to demolish the building and build a Dunkin Donuts in its place.
Tremont Temple Baptist Church, which played an important role in Macon's civil rights movement, could soon be demolished to make way for a Dunkin Donuts. Because of its historical significance, the idea of knocking down the Forsyth Street church has preservation advocates on edge and the Historic Macon Foundation scrambling to figure out a way to save it.