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Preservationists want warning before Habitat seeks to raze old homes

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A sign outside a home on Clark Avenue announces that the in-progress rehabilitation project is River City Habitat for Humanity’s 70th home build.

Several properties have been donated to River City Habitat for Humanity recently.

After assessing the cost-effectiveness of meeting their mission through rehabilitation, the local not-for-profit targeted three to be razed for a new build.

At the city’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting Tuesday, Habitat officials were asked if the historic preservation panel could be notified in the future before Habitat applies to have a building demolished.

Kelly Smith, Habitat executive director, and Kyle Kittrell, construction manager, discussed Habitat’s evaluation process.

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