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Kirkwood woman not allowed to sell house

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115 year old mansion in Kirkwood is the center of a controversy.  The 85-year-old owner wants to sell it, group wants to preserve it. 115 year old mansion in Kirkwood is the center of a controversy. The 85-year-old owner wants to sell it, group wants to preserve it.

(KMOV) -- A Kirkwood woman is having trouble selling the house, but the problem isn't getting someone to buy it.

Marianne Burnside's house at 750 North Taylor is empty and has been for a year. After living in the house for 35 years, the 85-year-old Burnside decided to sell the 115-year-old house because upkeep of the house became too much. The utilities on the house cost an estimated $500 a month.

The house finally has a buyer after two years on the market, but the new owner want to tear down the house and build five new homes on the lot. The idea isn't popular with neighbors.

Tom Riggs of the Kirkwood Landmarks Commisssion said they are trying to stop the demolition and find another buyer.

"Our job is to preserve, protect and retain the historical integrity of the homes here in Kirkwood," Riggs said. "We don't want to see this torn down as a commission."

But the city may not have that power. The sale is on hold until the commission meets again September 11 to consider the issue.

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