A permit Thursday was filed with the City of Atlanta for the demolition of the burned down Wendy’s on University Avenue where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police. The fast-food restaurant’s remnants will be bulldozed to the ground, leaving behind its concrete slab foundation only, the firm hired for the demolition confirmed with What Now Atlanta (WNA).
It remains unclear whether the franchisee intends to rebuild the Wendy’s. A separate permit seeking approvals for commercial construction was also filed for the site, but the contents of the filing were not readily accessible. WNA Friday submitted an Open Records Request to the City to obtain a copy of the permit application. The City has acknowledged receipt of the request but has not rendered the documents. Wendy’s corporate did not respond to a request for comment.
In the weeks since Brooks was killed and the Wendy’s burned down, activists have worked to reclaim the site as a lasting peace center for healing.
Brooks’ memorial in that Wendy’s lot, along with the peace center, was cleared out by the city of Atlanta on July 7 after the shooting death of 8-year-old Secoria Turner that took place across the street on July 4. The artwork, flowers, signs, and other displays to commemorate Brooks’ life were disposed of.
“Although our hearts are broken by another loss in the Black community, it only further affirms our mission to erect a peace center at this site,” Rayshard’s Memorial & Peace Center wrote in a statement following Turner’s death. “That is why we have already begun to create space for healing and restoration at this site as we stand in solidarity with our community demonstrating distinctly against violence and oppressive forces.”
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