Architectural Review Board urges county spare old house

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort's Architectural Review Board (ARB) sent a letter to Franklin County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton Friday to express its concern regarding the possible demolition of the historic Goodman House on West Main Street.

In the letter, the board acknowledged the county-owned property is exempt from the city's zoning ordinances.

"However, the board truly desires the county to preserve this structure," the letter said. "Board members are offering our services and technical experiences to aid and assist with providing options and/or alternatives in preserving this historically significant structure....The county is an important part of the stewardship of the community and we look forward to assisting it in making positive decisions for all Franklin countians."

The letter was signed by ARB chairman Roger Stapleton, vice chairman Andrew Casebier, and board members John Downs, Joe Johnson and David Garnett.

Stapleton said Friday afternoon he hopes ARB and Fiscal Court "can work together for a common need that's been identified in the central business district." If the building were torn down, it would become the first "missing tooth" in the Main Street facades from Ann to Wilkinson streets, Stapleton said.

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