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Debate over century home demolition divides city leaders

Demolition of Solon house causing controversy (Source: WOIO) Demolition of Solon house causing controversy (Source: WOIO)
Future unknown for century home in Solon (Source: WOIO) Future unknown for century home in Solon (Source: WOIO)
SOLON, OH (WOIO) -

A house that was built in 1905 is at the center of a "century home" controversy in Solon.

Some call it the "Lynch House." Others call it the "Robbins Home." That's just the start of the disagreement.

As part of Solon's master plan, the house is scheduled for demolition which has the Solon Historical Society stepping up and speaking out.

"It's part of the city center, it's adjacent to the Historical Society, it's adjacent to the earliest founder's home," said Ken Kvacek of the Historical Society of Solon.

City councilman Bill Russo, who voted for demolition, does not believe the house itself has significant historical value and is not a registered historical home.

The building inspector, he says, found multiple issues that would need to be addressed.

"This home was running up to $175,000 to bring it up to code," Russo said.

The Historical Society wants to use the home as an extension of its museum, which is in a former church on the other side of the house.

They are, Kvacek says, willing to put up the funds in escrow to fix the building.

"Some of those costs are inflated, but we did state that we would cover all costs for updating the building based on our use," said Kvacek.

Russo disputes that the Historical Society has agreed to put the money needed for improvements in escrow. He maintains the best course of action for the property is as green space.

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