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.

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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.

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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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