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"Cottage in the Woods" Saved

Forks Township supervisors vote Thursday night to save historic cottage before full house.

They saw the crowd of nearly 50 people. They were presented with a petition of 634 signatures. They heard the impassioned speeches.

And then the Forks Township Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday night to save the controversial "Cottage in the Woods," sparing it from the wrecking ball.

Before a full house, the board made a motion not to demolish the 700 Zucksville Road home, but to alllocate at least $15,000 to get work going to preserve it by sealing it for the winter.

"It's like a gingerbread house," said Supervisor Dan Martyak, who this past weekend toured the home and its grounds. "It needs a little tender loving care."

"We need to preserve it," Supervisors David Billings said. "This is an opportunity for Forks Township. We don't have a lot of woods."

"In my eyes, demolition was not an option," Supervisor John O'Neil stated.

The vote was 4-0. Supervisor Bob Egolf was absent.

Supervisors Chairman Erik Chuss, who outlined the potential $80,000 in rehabilitation costs to residents, believed that transforming the cottage into a cultural center is "money that will be well spent."

"It's an absolutely charming building," Chuss said. "It will be a great showpiece for the township."

Carolyn September 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
BRAVO!! To the township supervisors. I had planned on going to the meeting but when I got home from work, I found my house had been burglarized. But I am glad to see something good happened last night. I wll be glad to donate towards the restoration (if I give the money away, it cannot be stolen). FYI - Kudos to our wonderful township police force. They are terrific and helped me through a difficult situation.

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