FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick Historic Preservation Commission says a 200-year-old cabin at the center of a redevelopment dispute contributes to the city’s historic district.

The Frederick News-Post reports that Thursday’s 3-2 vote sets the stage for an Aug. 27 vote on whether the crumbling structure should be demolished.

It is believed to have once housed slaves or free black workers at nearby mansions.

Chairman Scott Winnette cast a key vote in favor of the designation, but he also says the cabin should be demolished.

The cabin is owned by Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County. The group wants to raze the building and sell the lot to a local builder.

Habitat Executive Director Ron Cramer says that if demolition is approved, archaeologists can examine the site and preserve any salvageable materials.
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