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Battle over Nineteenth Century Club continues

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Attorney Steve Mulroy represents those questioning the sale and hoping to save it. Attorney Steve Mulroy represents those questioning the sale and hoping to save it.
The OPD notice was the result of a complaint lodged by consultants working for the new owners of the Nineteenth Century Club mansion, who said it was not retaliatory. The OPD notice was the result of a complaint lodged by consultants working for the new owners of the Nineteenth Century Club mansion, who said it was not retaliatory.
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(WMC-TV) - The battle over a historic Union Avenue mansion may have gotten uglier as of Monday. It appears those pushing preservation were retaliated against.

A letter was sent to Memphis Heritage by the city saying the group is not zoned to do business at its current location. The complaint was lodged by those working with the new owners of the mansion.

The former Nineteenth Century Club mansion sold at auction this year to new owners whose plans included demolition. Attorney Steve Mulroy represents those questioning the sale and hoping to save it.

"Whenever litigation starts people's blood gets up on both sides, and both sides tend to be more aggressive than they otherwise would. I think this is another example of that," said Mulroy.

He is referring to a letter sent by the office of planning and development to Memphis Heritage, Incorporated. It called into question the preservation group's own mansion on Madison Avenue, in which OPD Director Josh Whitehead writes "The property is zoned RU-1, Residential Urban, which does not allow for office uses."

"Obviously, there's going to be some inconvenience for the Memphis Heritage organization. They'll have to file some extra paperwork," said Mulroy.

The OPD notice was the result of a complaint lodged by consultants working for the new owners of the Nineteenth Century Club mansion, who said it was not retaliatory. Though it comes after protests and promises to boycott any replacement business.

Despite those developments, both sides agreed Monday to mediation, which might settle the monumental matter once and for all.

"I don't want to jinx it, but it's never looked better,"

The chairman of the Memphis Heritage board says they thought they were in compliance since 2006 and will work to resolve the situation. Mediation starts Thursday.

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