CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – After a meeting Saturday morning in Canfield, there’s some hope that an historical home a developer wants demolished could be saved.
Canfield’s Design Review Committee met with developer Sam Pitzulo about the future of the Judson Canfield home at 275 North Broad St. The house was built in the mid 1850s, and now sits on seven acres of land that Pitzulo plans to buy and use the land to build 20 single-family homes.
Committee member Debbie Roman says the meeting was held “to see what could be done to save the house.”
Roman says a man spoke and expressed interest in moving the house onto the Canfield Village Green where it was originally located until it was it moved to its current location in the 1950s. When asked if there was room on The Green, Roman said, “Yes, there are couple of lots.”
It was also determined that Pitzulo doesn’t own the land yet, that it’s still owned by the Kosling family. In fact, the Mahoning County Auditor’s website list the property’s owner as Blanche Kosling.
In the meantime, Roman says Canfield Zoning Inspector Mike Cook agreed to contact the Koslings about “getting the property maintained.”
The Design Review Committee previously voted not to allow the house to be demolished. Pitzulo has estimated it will take $500,000 to move and restore the house to its original state. Pitzulo says the outside looks OK, but the inside would need to be totally rebuilt.
Roman says the issue of demolishing the house is now out of the hands of the Design Review Committee. Zoning Inspector Mike Cook says if Pitzulo still wants to demolish the house, the next step would be to take it before Canfield’s Planning Commission Board of Appeals.