Historical building in Venice may be saved after all

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Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 2:39 pm | Updated: 4:59 pm, Fri Feb 7, 2014.

VENICE, FL - After a mix up and then plans for the wrecking ball it appears a historic apartment building in Venice is on the way to being saved.

Today a shell of the Rose Hill East Apartments remains. Around a year ago the owners wanted to restore the 1920's building. While away they say a subcontractor ripped out most of the inside to their dismay.

For the past year they've been working with the city to get some special exceptions. If not the costs to bring the building up to current codes were going to be too much.

Learning that the building is on the national register of historic places it appears that can happen. "It would provide us with a few exceptions that would allow us to potentially refurbish the building and not have to build it as if it were a new build," says owner Axle De Chevron Villette.

Historical Resources director James Hagler with the city says saving it is huge for the city. "It's what makes Venice, Venice. It's an historical value of what we have. Our history has to start somewhere."

The owners say they still need to get the final quotes on how much the rebuild is going to cost. However, they say as far as the city is concerned they are ready to go.

We will have much more on this story coming up tonight on ABC 7 at 6 p.m.

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