A three-hour hearing was held on Monday night regarding a house located at 205 North Duff Street in Mitchell. The house was built in the 1880′s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. However, it was damaged by fire in 2002, and owners Clarence and Lauretta Larsen have been working for twelve years to restore it. City officials deemed it a nuisance property and believe it should be demolished.
Local architect Larry Jirsa says there are two issues at play – emotional commitment and cost. He estimates the cost will be several hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore the house.
Lauretta Larsen testified that she is not neglecting the house, and that it is a lengthy restoration process.
The Mitchell City Council is expected to make a decision on whether or not to demolish the house at its June 16th meeting.