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i iil=;=lal I!1:00:111 W!llliilllllllllll!!Ollfli'lllllllilllli J FRONT ELEVATION " Sunmmea ptm Kim and Jeff Hamer proposed to build a three-story build- ing at 207 Union St. A structural engineer surveyed an exist- ing home on the property, but after realizing it has extensive damage, the Hamers say it would cost them $745,000 to repair the home. Milton home's faultv foundation causes community cracks Owners say historic house cannot be saved By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff Kim and Jeff Hamer want to demolish a home on Union Street in Milton. They were turned down by the board of adjustment in November, a L decision they appealed to town council. This week, the council tabled their appeal. In 2006, the Hamers bought 207 Union St., hoping to turn it into a restaurant. They say that only after they bought it did they real- ize extensive interior damage, including the foundation, would cost them $745,000 in repairs. An engineering firm hired by the town also found the home to be in poor condition. During the April 7 town council meeting, Milton Mayor Don Post and others say the house, formerly owned by a ship captain, is of historic value to the town. They also say the appli- cants knew before they purchased the house that it was in the historic district. Post pointed out Hamer did not walk through the home before he bought it. No matter, says Hamer's attorney. "Even if he had done work and seen the house before he bought it, he would not have known the extent of damage until he had a structur- al engineer's report and an esti- mate of the extent of damage," said Stephanie Hansen. Post says that estimate is unre- alistic. The Hamers now say plans are off for any restaurant. Meanwhile, Hamer is paying about $2,000 a month for mortgage and insurance and the house is for sale at $229,900. The Hamers are waiting for a decision, as town council consid- ers a moratorium on all town dem- olitions to allow time to tighten up historic district ordinances. The council also unanimously approved a resolution to rewrite ordinances on renovations and alterations of existing buildings. Hansen says if necessary she will take the matter to Superior Court. Hansen, of Wilmington-based Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, said the condition of the building'was not reasonably repairable. She argued that two engineering reports, one from the applicant and one from the city, say the building could not be Continued on page 21 P.A. Lange, Director Sussex Associates CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 19 I CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! 600Annual BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER HONORS September 11, 2008 Norman IL Baylis Award for Excellence ia Heaithcare Will be presented to a community member (excluding physician, beard member, volunteer or employee) who has helped t o ensure that Beebe meets healthcare needs now and for all tomorrows. This community leader should have assisted in a campaign, an event, or in some other way made a personal commitment that guarantees Beebe Will keep pace with the evolving needs of the community and continue to provide the best care possible in John W. Rollins St. Award for Healthcare Philanthropy Will be given to the community member (excluding physician, board member, volunteer or employee) who is recognized as an established humanitarian and philanthropist. This recipient should have given of his or her talents and resources to promote the betterment of society, especially with regard to increasing accessibility and quality of healthcare. Robert W. Tnnnell St. Award for Service to Beebe Medical Center Will be awarded to an outstanding member of the extended Beebe Medical Center Family - either a physician, a board member, or a volunteer - in recognition of his or her ongoing contributions to the significant growth of the exceptional quality of Beebe's services to the community. a caring environment Fwe would like to nominate: (please print) For the: O Baylis Award  Rollins Award O TnnneH.Award Nominee's Address: Phone: Attach a separate sheet outlining the nominee's past accomplishments, current activities, an indication of how he or she exemplifies the requirements of the award, and a description of why this nominee should receive the award. Nominate for one specific award only. Two letters of recommendation and supporting materials must accompany this form. Mail, eaMail or fax your nomination form and letters before May 30, 2008: Beebe Medical Fonndation- BMC Honors Selection Committee 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958 302.644-2900 (TEL) or 302.644-2950 (FAX) or email info(,,beebemediealfoaldatioa.ol