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Jackson Councils Gives Ok To Tear Down Historic Home

Jackson City Council reversed a decision that would allow one historic home in Jackson to be torn down.

But as our Nick Perreault explains that doesn't mean that's what's going to happen.

The home was built in 1926, it sits along Michigan avenue and Elaine Robinson, who lives nearby says it's much more than a home.

"People come here to look at the houses, if it's torn down, if it's gone it's like looking at a missing tooth," Robinson said.

A key piece that Robinson and the historical commission didn't want to lose, so the commission rejected an offer to demolish the home and sell the property.

"I think they are part of the historic part of Jackson that we want to remind ourselves of," said Jackson Historical Commission Chair Marilyn Guidinger.

A 4 to 3 vote gives ultimate control to those in charge of the estate to either keep it up or tear it down.

"I hope I don't have to truthfully, I hope that motivates people to do something about it so, that really isn't the intent, the intent is that we need to do something different," said John Butterfield.

John Butterfield represents the estate in charge of this property and says it's become a dollar and cense issue for the family.

Bills over the last eight years have cost roughly $150,000 and with no legitimate offers from a buyer.

"My responsibility is to take care of the people in the trust and that's the intent, hopefully it works out that way who knows," Butterfield said.

It's a decision this neighbor hopes can wait, but for those who own the estate time is running out.

"Because they can't get the money that they want right now doesn't mean five ten or fifteen years", Robinson said.

"It's not what I want to do, it's what economics come out to do, it's kind of a neat old building, but unless someone wants to give their money away, it doesn't really work in today's world unfortunately," Butterfield said.

Butterfield did not give a date on when or if the family will tear down the home along Michigan Avenue.

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