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Rochester City Council preserves historic home

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) --  The Rochester City Council says no to turning a historic home into a large apartment building. The building at the center of debate at Monday night's city council meeting was the Williams House.

It was built in the 1880's, and was home to a former mayor, but Hamilton Realty wanted to turn the residence into a 50+ unit apartment building. 

After listening to public testimony, it was around 12:30 a.m. before the vote to build the complex was shot down 5-1. 

"It was built as a private house at first," said Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede. "But that was changing our zoning from R-2 to R-4 to have a 52-unit apartment building in there."

Just because the plan didn't go through this time around doesn't mean it's impossible to submit a revised idea at a later date.

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