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Battle over historic designation of Highlands home is one step closer to an end

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A months-long neighborhood war over words over a Treemont Drive house is one step closer to ending. 

Sean Clifford and his wife Genny bought the house last September with the hope of making whatever changes they wanted. They quickly learned that was far too expensive to ever be in the budget, and they looked into demolition. 

"This is our property and our home, and we should be able to do what we want with our property and our home," Sean Clifford said.

 Metro Council members will end the debate after they spent five hours Tuesday listening to both sides.

"It is my position that simply to look at Kalorama or the Bishop Smith house is to understand its historic nature," said landmark supporter John David Miles.

"Where were all these people before we bought the property?" asked homeowner Sean Clifford.

Is it a historic home that is in need of preservation or a cash cow capable of draining it's owners of thousands upon thousands?

"This process has completely put our life on hold, cost us tens of thousands of dollars already and put an enormous amount of stress and strain on each of us," Clifford said.

Neighbors and the Landmark Commission disagree, saying Kentucky's first Episcopal bishop lived there.

A final decision was not made, but it became pretty clear pretty quickly which way the majority on Metro Council was leaning.

"I do see a difference between a piece of property that someone is buying for their family home versus a developer who is in to build something else to make more money," said metro councilwoman Madonna Flood.

There was a committee vote at the end of that meeting where the sentiment was in favor of the homeowners. Nothing is decided until the final vote though.

That's set for the next council meeting on Dec. 8.

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