Public hearing set for McDonald house

The Otsego Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) has decided to forego any further attempts to save the McDonald House.

It had long been considered of historical importance to the city’s founding and early settlement during the 1800s.

However, the cost to preserve the structure is cost prohibitive and city council members have repeatedly rebuffed attempts by the HPC to save and restore the house.

City staff says lead has been found in paint samples as well, making the old historical house hazardous.

A June 27 public hearing is scheduled to talk abut seeking a site alteration permit so the house can be torn down and removed.

That will take place during the city council’s normal council meeting.


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