Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County staff and supporters continue to wait with bated breath for the outcome of a request to demolish a dilapidated downtown log cabin.
The Historic Preservation Commission determined in a 3-2 vote Thursday that the East Fifth Street cabin contributes to the Frederick Town Historic District, with members Scott Winnette, Carrie Albee and Dan Lawton voting for the contributing designation and Rebecca Cybularz and Chase Tydings voting against it.
The vote was the first of two required for the demolition request. The second vote, on the demolition itself, will take place at the commission’s next meeting based on the requirements set forth in the city’s historic preservation guidelines.
Had the commission voted to designate the cabin a noncontributing resource, members could have voted on the demolition the same night.
The upcoming meeting will mark the third public hearing on the demolition request, which has been the subject of further workshops and discussions since Habitat’s executive director, Ron Cramer, submitted the application last winter. The drawn-out, high-profile case has sparked controversy among city residents and commission members, some supporting and others opposing the demolition.