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Homeowners take on committee to reverse designated landmark decision

The Powell-Smith House (Source: Google Maps) The Powell-Smith House (Source: Google Maps)
(Source: MetroTV) (Source: MetroTV)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The dividing line between protecting local history and the dream of owning a home played out Tuesday before a Metro Council committee.

The Powell-Smith House on Tremont Drive sits between Gardiner Lane and Tyler Lane in the Highlands.

The home was designated a local landmark in September – about 10 months after the current owners first set eyes on the 1836 property.

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Those fighting to keep the designation said a reversal of the designation could jeopardize the security of any historic building. But Sean and Genevieve Clifford said the home was not on the landmark list when they were buying and that repairs to bring it up to code would cost hundreds of thousands - turning their dream of a homeownership into a nightmare.

Property owner Genevieve Clifford said, “We invested as homebuyers not developers. We are a family of four who work hard. We don't come from money. We have saved and we have bought this property when it was unburdened and without restrictions.”

The committee sided with the Cliffords, with a vote of 5 to 1, to overturn the designation.

The full Council could have its final vote as soon as Dec. 8.

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