DENVER (CBS4)– The group trying to get preservation status for Tom’s Diner has withdrawn its application. That clears the way for the owner of the restaurant to apply for a demolition permit.

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The Denver Landmark Preservation Commission recommended Tom’s Diner get historic status last month. The building has been at its location at Colfax Avenue and Pearl Street for 52 years.

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The owner, Tom Messina, was trying to sell the building to developers, but after community members heard about it, some launched a campaign to save the diner.

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That group withdrew their effort on Thursday.

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The designation of non-historic status clears the way for Messina to apply for a demolition permit for the property.

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Landmark designation would have spoiled Messina’s plan to sell to a developer that in turn will likely build an eight-story apartment building.

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