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Town of Milton Sells Historic Home After Years of Controversy

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MILTON, Del. - After sitting empty for almost three years, a historic home in Milton finally has new owners.

In 2013, the town of Milton bought a home located on 112 Federal Street for $150,000. Since then, the house has sat empty.

"It was a mistake to buy it," says Milton's current mayor Ted Kanakos. "It was bought for all the wrong reasons." 

Kanakos was not in office when the home was originally purchased, but says that afterward, the town did not have the money to make necessary repairs, such as mandatory Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Kanakos said the town could not tear down the home due to its location in a historic district. The mayor says for those reasons, the house sat empty. 

Brian Kugelmann lives up the street from the home, and says the purchase never made any sense to him.

"I never saw them using it for anything," he says. "It was kind of weird they bought the house across the street from where they already have an office building. It's kind of strange."

Last year, the town put the house up for sale. Recently, the house was sold to local contracting company Dutch Brothers Inc. Mayor Kanakos said they bought the home for the original purchase price of $150,000, but the town still lost over $20,000 due to maintenance costs and realtor fees. Mayor Kanakos says Dutch Brothers is turning the home into an apartment and showroom. Neighbors told WBOC they welcome the change.

"I'd like to see somebody using it," says Kugelmann. "Not the town wasting money on it." 

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