Old Siegelman home won't be demolished

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery's Architectural Review Board has refused to allow the old home of former Gov. Don Siegelman to be demolished, even though a contractor says it has fallen into disrepair.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to deny a request to tear down the home, which borders the historic Old Cloverdale neighborhood.

Contractor Patrick Perdue said it would cost $166,000 to repair the 1935 structure, which is valued for tax purposes at only $148,500.

Siegelman, whose family lived in the home from 1979 until he moved into the Governor's Mansion in 1999, sold the house that year for $250,000, or about twice its appraised value.

The Press-Register later reported that the buyer within months sold it for $260,000 to wealthy plaintiff lawyer Lanny Vines, a major Siegelman supporter.

Siegelman said there was nothing improper about the sale.

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