Columbia group works to save history

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COLUMBIA - People living along West Broadway in Columbia are joining forces to protect three 100 year old houses. 

The houses are located on the corner of West Broadway and West Boulevard. 

A group of developers is trying to demolish the three historic homes to build a medical building, an office building and a parking lot. 

The residents' group, Save Historic Broadway, says most of West Broadway is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. 

"Having the street registered as historic helps the case," said group member Sharon Jones. 

Louis Wilson, a member of the Historic Broadway Neighborhood Association, said the houses up for demolition are considered the gateway of the historic street. 

"We don't have an infinite supply of century-old houses to tear down in this town," he said. "We have to start thinking about keeping every one we have." 

Wilson said he thinks the planned office buildings would ruin the residential area and that's why neighbors are getting so involved. 

"There are about one hundred people on board with us and they don't even live on West Broadway. They live in surrounding neighborhoods, but they don't want to see those houses go," he said. 

KOMU 8 News reached out to the developers, SSE Engineering and MR Realestate LLC, numerous times on Friday, but never received a response.