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New Deadline To Save Historic House

UPPER ARLINGTON (Terri Sullivan) -- History buffs aren't giving up on a plan to save an almost 200-year-old house.

The Hutchinson House sits along Riverside Drive, just south of Bethel Road.

It was built by Revolutionary War veteran Amaziah Hutchinson.
      
"Preferred Living," the developer that plans to build offices and apartments on the site, had originally planned to tear down the house Monday.

But now the Upper Arlington Historical Society has been given until Friday to come up with a plan.

Charlie Groezinger hasn't given up hope that it can be saved.

"Hopefully we can get somebody who's experienced with moving houses in here as well as a structural engineer," Groezinger said.

In the meantime, trees have been coming down as the developer clears the property.
 
"The best case scenario is to leave it here and they could build around it," Groezinger said. "But I don't think they're interested in doing that."

He said there is not much to salvage on the inside, so the focus has turned to the stone structure.

Upper Arlington Historical Society Executive Director Kate Kallmes said she hopes to move the house.

"I'm not certain we can move it in one piece," Kallmes said. "But we can reassemble it at a park. I'm not giving up hope."

Kallmes said support has been trickling in from all over.

"I've been getting emails from people all over Ohio wanting to help."

As the clock ticks down to the new deadline supporters are hoping to rewrite history.

"All is not lost yet," Groezinger said.

"It looks like it's a daunting task and hopefully we can actually pull something off, but we just have to wait and see what the experts say. We haven't given up yet."

 
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