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Reporter for The Post-Star, covering the city of Glens Falls, town and village of Lake George and northern Warren County communities.

Saving history

A Saratoga Springs resident has offered to buy the historic house at 5 Culvert St. for $1 from the city of Glens Falls. The council will decide on whether to sell the building at its Tuesday meeting.

The effort to save the historic house at 5 Culvert. St shows the power of social media. Eric Unkauf, owner of the Shirt Factory, on Sept. 28 posted pictures to Facebook and a message about the deteriorating condition of the building, which has a hole in the roof and a portion of the upstairs floor has collapsed. There is also debris throughout the building.

That prompted numerous people to reply to the post, expressing concern about the building. The Post-Star picked up on the story and got reaction from city officials. The issue came up at the Oct. 11 Common Council meeting, with Mayor Jack Diamond making a public plea for people to submit viable plans to save the structure.

It appears that the city is willing to sell the building for $1 to Darren Tracy. The council will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear the plan before its regular 7:30 p.m. meeting. 

Tracy has experience in historic preservation. In 2007, he bought a Victorian home in Schuylerville that was located next ot the high school on land that the district was seeking for future expansion. He moved the home, which once belonged to prominent physician and local resident William Webster. He and his wife also have preserved historic bridges in Saratoga and Washington counties and purchased and restored a condemned building in Elizabethtown in 1996, winning a state preservation award.

Unkauf commented Monday that it appears that residents have come together to save the structure in 3 ½ weeks time, when the city did not do anything at the property for 3 ½ years after it seized the house for back taxes.

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