AJC: Judge’s ruling halts demolition of historic Atlanta building

Demolition crews on Thursday began tearing down the Atlanta building where the first country hit songs were recorded, but they were forced to stop after a Fulton County judge issued a temporary restraining order.

Though part of the back of the building already has been reduced to rubble, the order by Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua will prevent further demolition until an Aug. 29 court hearing to determine its long-term fate. The building, located downtown on Nassau Street, is at the center of a two-year battle between preservationists and developers.

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