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New House Approved for Historic Upper Arlington Neighborhood

UPPER ARLINGTON (Ben Garbarek) -- Plans for a new home in an historic Upper Arlington neighborhood cleared a major hurdle Monday night.

The Planning and Zoning Board unanimously approved plans for a new home at 1933 Chatfield Road.  The home that used to be there was built in 1938, but had to be torn down because the foundation was sinking.  That's because the home was built on a peat bog.

The sinking foundation put big cracks in the walls and floors.  The home was torn down earlier this year after jumping through several historical preservation regulations first.

"The house had been settling over the last 40 years," said homebuilder Michael Matrka.  "It was in so much disrepair it wasn't worth saving."

The homebuilder will have to put in a different kind of foundation to make sure the new home doesn't sink as well.

"It's more expensive and more difficult," he said.

Board members also wanted to make sure the new house will fit in with the rest of the older homes in that neighborhood.

"The last one was nice," Matrka said.  "This is definitely a step up."

The final designs are still being worked out.  The homebuilder hopes to start construction by the first of January 2014.

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