MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- There was a meeting in Milford Monday night, about the fate of a historic home and the majority of folks agreed on what to do with it.
For the first time in 35 years, the Milford Historical Commission voted to demolish a landmark building.
"It's done with a lot of sadness," said Robert Berchem, Milford Historic District Commission.
The home in question is on North Street. News 8 first visited the historic site in May. Built in 1790, it's a piece of Milford and that is why Bill Farrell bought it.
Soon he learned the home is unsafe, so he brought a structural engineer to the Historical Commission asking to demolish the building and rebuild.
Monday, members of the Historic Commission voted to tear down the home.
It was not an easy vote. Some members felt the historic significance of the building made it worth saving. While others stressed structural studies that found ten percent of the home was unsalvageable.
"When we went through this house it was heartbreaking to see the destruction, to see the rotting boards, it was not safe, I didn't even feel it was safe to be in the house at that time," said Linda Stephenson, Milford Historic District Commission.
Monday, the commission also voted to approve plans for a new home on the property. A home built in the twenty first century but designed to fit the character of the historic district.
"I know it's going to fit. The issue is it's going to be a replication. It's not going to be the original, that we couldn't do anything about," said Berchem.
The owner of the home did not want to comment. The next step in the process will be for the owner to apply for the necessary permits to demolish and rebuild in the historic neighborhood.
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