JEFFERSON-After announcing her lofty ambitions to salvage a downtown residence teetering on the edge of condemnation, Ann Winebarger of Jefferson said she has now abandoned plans to preserve the aging Worth House on East Main Street.
Winebarger broke the news to Jefferson Aldermen Monday evening, effectively ending her goal to restore the dilapidated house.
Winebarger’s newly chartered course of action for the house came as a bit of a surprise for town aldermen. The purpose of her visit to the board was to announce her progress on meeting certain stipulations and guidelines that could have rescinded a condemnation order, according to Aldermen Charles Caudill.
Ultimately, it is up to the county’s department of building and inspections to issue such an order, but Winebarger had since turned to the town in helping to prevent the house from becoming a pile or rubble.
“She came to the meeting Monday and said she couldn’t afford to (restore) it,” said Caudill. “My biggest concern was financially, it might ruin her to restore it. You could have spent a $100,000 on that house and still not have much to show for it. From what I understand, you have to tear it down if not repairable.”
Caudill said the house has been in dire need of repair for some time.
“It has never looked great,” he said. “The roof has fallen in, too.”
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