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Lawsuit filed over run-down home in Huntsville Historic District

The home is located in the historic district of Huntsville. The home is located in the historic district of Huntsville.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A home in the historic district of Huntsville is the topic of a lawsuit between the homeowner and the city. The homeowner wants the home destroyed, stating it's been a danger to the public ever since it was hit by a tornado three years ago. In the lawsuit, he claims the city and Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission won't let him.

People who live along Ward Avenue say the home is repulsive. 

"It's literally being left to sit and rot and something needs to be done about it one way or the other," said Kim Brown. She walks her dog past the house every day.

The home was hit by a tornado in 2010, since then the property has just sat there leaving an eyesore for those who live and work nearby. Elizabeth Webb works right next door and said she's tired of looking at the home every day.

"It's embarrassing for a client to pull up and that's what they see," she said. "That's not how we want to portray Huntsville or Five Points. It's really just not a good situation."

After several denied requests to get the home torn down, the homeowner, 87-year-old Dr. Sam Citrano has filed a lawsuit against the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission and the city.

"The Huntsville Historic Commission does not want him to tear it down but rather re-do it," said Citrano's attorney Allen Brinkley. "We believe it is totally unreasonable and totally arbitrary for the commission to make the decision that they did."

Brinkley said his client is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He can't afford the quarter of a million dollar tab that comes with fixing the home and he can't get clearance to have it knocked it down. Workers with the Historic Preservation Commission said they have certain rules and regulations that they have to abide by. Brinkley said they expect the city to respond to the lawsuit in 30 days.

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