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The home at 207 Union St. in downtown Milton was built in the late 1800s. The home of a former ship captain, it adds value to the downtown historic district, say town officials. Milton Continued from page 19 moved at all, and restoring it in place would be unreasonably expensive. The home has been vacant for 30 years and since it was built, three "sections have been added. The property slopes toward the house and water has destroyed the foundation. Water leaking through the roof has saturated the second and first floors. The entire electri- cal system must be replaced. Engineers' reports say animals and insects are nesting inside. In August 2007, Jeff hired Devon Design & Drafting, based in Ocean View, to inspect the house. The firm reports the home requires a new foundation. But because of the condition, the building may not survive the operation. In March 2008, Milton received an inspection report from Steinle Construction Engineers, based in Wilmington. The report also found the home's foundation in poor. condition and possibly, unsalvageable. "It is our opinion based on our site-visit and the observed, and potentially high undiscovered water, insect and mold damage that all sections of the house should be demol- ished...however, if any part of the house is to be retained, it would be the historic value of the first- built section, which is at best, minimal." The Steinle report said additional inspections would be necessary to determine full extent of the damage, but to move it would be impossible. "In our opinion, the repairs and structural Stabilization required to move the house would outweigh the bene- fits to the historic community unless no other example of this house is found in the [historic preservation district]." "In essence, in other words, we have the cure that would kill the patient," said Hansen. Ed Hull of Sussex County E.H. Custom Homes, provided a $600,000 estimate to restore the home. Post said he has restored more than 30 homes and called the cost estimate way too high. "I would love to have the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs look at the home," said Post, who added fixtures should be salvaged. The town council tabled a deci- sion until April 17. The applicant agreed to return with a second cost estimate to renovate the home and also agreed to allow state historians to inspect it. Contact Kevin Spence at. kspence@capegazette.com. THINK SPRING! Bella Terra AWardPAIr 4DaWmI00mlm roll m D Customized lawn maintenance packages & landscaping to fit your needs. Now accepting new customers Residential & Commercial Free Consultation 302.559.3784 CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 - 21 w/SHOP ON 1.8 Restrictions No Fees Horses Welcome Introducing: RobinsonvHle Road, Lewes, located between Lewes and Rehoboth. freedom, independence and proximity to schools, Medical Center(s) and beaches. gardens of professional landscaper. BR, 2 1/2 BA, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, proportioned: LR, Sun Room, Media. Room, Home Office, 247,ar Garage AND 30' x 50' Shop w/concrete floor, electricity and a fenced material & eqtiipment yard. Offered at a fraction of replacement value. $599,900 Offered exclusively by WWW.! Skip Faust Mort. - Sat. 9:30,6:00 Sunday 12:00. 5:00