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History Buffs Try To Save House From Bulldozer

UPPER ARLINGTON (Terri Sullivan) --  A house that's been around for almost 200 years may be bulldozed Monday to make way for apartments and a new office complex.
But local history buffs are trying to save this structure.
"The historical value of this house is incredible," said Charlie Groezinger, a member of the Upper Arlington Historical Society.
Groezinger said it is one of the last two houses in the Northwest part of Franklin County built by a Revolutionary war veteran.
The small stone house sits at 5292 Riverside Drive, just south of Old Bethel Road.
It was built in 1821 by Amaziah Hutchinson.
The developer, Preferred Living, recently purchased several homes along this stretch of Riverside Drive.
All, including the Hutchinson house, are set to be razed to make way for new apartments and offices.
"I hope that we can work out some arrangement with them to delay that demolition," Groezinger said.
"So either we can move the house or best of all worlds it can stay here and become part of their development. We did not know that this house was going to be demolished as part of this project until last Friday, so now we're scrambling."
He said the Historical Society doesn't want to stop the development.
"We're hoping we can work with them to save this house. We'll get it out of their way if need be and let them get on with their development."
Kate Kallmes is also a member of the UA Historical Society.
"I think it's a gorgeous home and I'm devastated it's being torn down," said Kallmes.  "And I hope we can save it."
Kallmes would like to see it preserved for future generations.
"I would love to move it to a UA park and use it as a museum or home for people to visit," she said.
"I can't stand the thought of losing it. I really can't."
Kallmes says she's trying to come up with a plan for Monday, the day the house is scheduled to be demolished.

"If there are bulldozers here I think I'll really stand near the house and try to prevent them," said Kallmes.

"I don't know what will happen but I can't just watch it beat torn down. So hopefully we'll figure something out today or tomorrow."

Jared Smith, of Preferred Living, didn't return any calls for comment.

 
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