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Rochester City Council will not stop Chardonnay house demolition permit

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester City Council has been debating the future of the more than 100-year-old Chardonnay house on Second Street Southwest for the past month.

The council decided Monday to not stop the demolition of the historic building.

Council members say the building meets one condition of the Heritage Preservation Ordinance passed last summer, but not the entire ordinance.

They say the building clearly meets the law's conditions for historic designation; however, the law also requires that maintaining the building's current use or adaptive reuse is economically feasible.

That is where council members say the building fails.

However, council members say that between Monday and the building's demolition, if someone steps up to purchase the property with the intent to preserve it, the person currently in the process of buying the property will still sell it.
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