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Future of Irish Hills landmark at stake

LENAWEE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Some call them a historic landmark, others call them dangerous – the Irish Hills towers in Lenawee County may soon be taken down.

"It tears at my heartstrings," said Donna Boglarsky, president of the Irish Hills Historical Society. "At this point, with the way pieces were falling off the building, that it was a danger to traffic going by and to the residents."

But Boglarsky and others say they can't imagine the Irish Hills community without the towers.

Cambridge Township officials gave the historical society, owners of the structure, until August 1 to make them more stable, so now Boglarsky says they're doing everything they can to meet that deadline. She says most of the problems were coming from the upper portion of the towers, so crews are tearing that part down and will put a temporary roof on.

Hopefully, that will buy the society enough time to raise money for a more permanent upgrade. Boglarsky says she doesn't want the towers torn down completely, and others in the area say they feel the same way.

"I don't want them gone," said Dolores Cecile, who lives near the towers. "There's a lot of emotional ties. Not just from my family, but the residents in the area."

If township officials still deem the towers unsafe on August 1, the owners will be required to apply for a demolition permit and have them torn down by October 1.

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