It’s been a neighborhood anchor for years, but this historic West Hartford home has fallen into disrepair and while some are ready to knock it down.
“It’s an eyesore. It needs to be torn down, put something else in its place,” Art Fullerton, who Lives next door to the home at 2022 Albany Ave., said.
However, there is a group fighting to save this 1918 bungalow listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The new owner of this World War I era home applied for a permit to demolish the home in spring.
There’s a 90-day waiting period, which started in May and is set to expire in August. The 90 days is a period allowing a case to make of its historically significant. This is done for all houses 50 years and older, according to the town.
A group that has been vocal against any demolition is the West Hartford Historic District Commission.
“It's not looking to good right now but you can tell it has great bones,” Greg Galvin with West Hartford Historic District Commission said.
The group denied one attempt to speed-up the demo process and said the home, despite its current condition, is a relic that should be renovated, not removed.
“It’s a great example of a 1018 craftsman bungalow, high style, beautiful architectural details and one of the first houses of the new era, around WWI,” Galvin said.
Some neighbors told Eyewitness News they feel this isn't worth saving.
“I don't think you can fix it up to get it back where it was,” Fullerton said.
Kelly Bonn said she sees charm in the old house, even if others don't.
“I'm delighted that something will happen. I think ideally for us if the house could be saved that would be great and I wouldn't care if a second house were built,” Bonn said.
The developer said he's not sold on demolishing the house, but brought an architect inside and feels it would every expensive to renovate it. Meanwhile with other projects planned, the developer said it may be years before this is resolved.
The town could extend the period or approve the demolition.
Officials are looking for input from the public. A meeting is scheduled for at 7 p.m. on Monday in West Hartford Town Hall.
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