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Palm Springs historic home to remain intact in push for historic district

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The effort to make a Palm Springs neighborhood a historic district is now a step closer to becoming a reality, as a historic home scheduled for demolition will remain standing.

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Major renovation work is being done on a mid-century modern home on Sunset Way, which was the center of a fight in July between neighbors and the homeowners regarding it's demolition.

Neighbors argued for the home's historic preservation, while the homeowner was looking to build a new home. Now, the historic home will remain standing.

"Every house that we can keep and looking the way it is important, not just for the individual owners but, you know, Palm Springs, Modernism week, architectural tourism, said Chris Bale, a homeowner who has lived in the area for six years.

He says the demolition permit for the home was withdrawn last month. Bale is also part of a group looking at having a historic district established in the Sunmor and Sunrise Park neighborhoods, aimed at preserving the area's mid-century modern architecture.

He says this type of architecture attracts visitors to the city.

"The whole fabric of the city is part of what they enjoy, these old houses, these mid-century modern houses," Bale said.

The contractor in charge of refurbishing the home did not want to go on camera but confirmed that he rescinded the demolition permit.

Instead, he is going to be remodeling the home using the existing structure. He isalso going to do a soft demolition within the interior of the house to completely gut it and redo it.

The group working to create a historic district plans on getting materials to the city by January.

In order to split the workload, it has enlisted the help of neighbors to catalog different areas in order to split the workload.

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