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Metro Council votes in favor of Highlands homeowners in battle over historic designation

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Sean and Genny Clifford have battled neighbors for nearly seven months after announcing plans to demolish the Upper Highlands home when renovations proved too costly. Sean and Genny Clifford have battled neighbors for nearly seven months after announcing plans to demolish the Upper Highlands home when renovations proved too costly.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After months of uncertainty, debates and a brief discussion Thursday, Louisville Metro Council dealt a devastating blow in a case involving a Highlands home.

With a vote of 22-3, the council overturned the Landmarks Commission decision designating a home on Tremont Drive historic.

"We feel vindicated today," said Sean Clifford, who owns the home with his wife.

Sean and Genny Clifford have battled neighbors for nearly seven months after announcing plans to demolish the Upper Highlands home when renovations proved too costly.

"We have no problem with historic houses," Sean Clifford said. "We are not anti-history in the least. This house is run down ... a disaster."

But Ted Stone disagrees with the Cliffords, and now with the council.

"This business of preservation as obstruction is nonsense," he said Thursday. "My beliefs won't change. I still think the house should stand."

As for the Cliffords, they're just happy to move on.

"We thank Metro Council for giving us the opportunity, and now we can finally move forward," Genny Clifford said.

However, the fight may not be over yet. Opponents have 30 days to appeal the decision.

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