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Demolition on Hold As Council Awaits Restoration Plans for Historic Home

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SEAFORD, Del. - An historic Victorian home on High Street is getting the opportunity to shine once again. Demolition plans are currently on hold as the Seaford City Council awaits restoration plans from a potential buyer. 

The house known to many as "Allen house" was condemned by the city of Seaford in 2011. City Manager Dolores Slatcher says to this date, there has been nothing done to bring the building back up to code. 

It could use more than a fresh coat of paint. There's damage to the structure, crumbling brick and collapsed columns on the porch. Damages the City of Seaford says would cost a buyer a pretty penny. 

The city put in a demolition order back in April, but for now that's on hold since a potential buyer has expressed interest in putting forth the time and money to fix it up. 

Tony DeSanctis' agency has been across the street from the Allen House for five years. He hopes it can be restored to its former grandeur. 

"I think that's great news, that's great for the town and it's great that we can maintain the historical building," said DeSanctis. "I'm definitely in favor of supporting all efforts to keep that building intact."

Nancy Hall owns the bath shop "Two Cats in the Yard" in an historic home right around the corner from the Allen House. 

"It was a beautiful structure and of course it was much lovelier back in its day, a lot of us in town would like to see it back that way," said Hall. 

Hall and others hope to restore history and bring business to downtown Seaford. 

The perspective buyer will present his plan to fix up the home at Tuesday's meeting before a vote. If he is unable to fix up the home, the demolition contractors have until June 30 to file all of the required paperwork to go through with the demolition of the house.

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