Here is Lady Passion’s statement emailed Sept. 25 to WLOS-TV on the destruction of the Merrimon Magnolia:
“Many people who loved this tree and fought for the past two years to save it are outraged that land-owner and former City Councilman and CIBO co-founder Chris Peterson makes money running Magnolia’s Restaurant, yet has the unmitigated gall to kill the beloved Merrimon Magnolia! Talk about showing contempt for the community’s desires!
As of last Thursday, despite promises made, Harris-Teeter had still not contacted Jack Thompson, director of Asheville’s Historic Preservation Society, to coordinate efforts to incorporate architectural relics from the site of the old Pack mansion in their proposed grocery store design.
Karma will out: I caution that everyone enabling this travesty may end up faring as badly as the Merrimon Magnolia.”