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Restrictions set for Mumma House

May 08, 2000

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Town Council members approved a set of restoration restrictions on Monday night for the historic Mumma House the town is trying to sell.

The restrictions, approved by a 5-0 vote, include giving the Council authority to approve a paint scheme for the dilapidated house at 135 W. Main St.

They also give the town the right to take the property over again if the council doesn't approve of the buyer's restoration plan. Under those circumstances the town would reimburse the buyer for the purchase price, town officials said.

If the buyer doesn't complete the restoration within two years of approval, the property reverts back to the town without the town having to reimburse the buyer.

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The town took ownership of the house in June 1999 after acquiring it at a tax sale for $42,500. Town officials bought the property to ensure it would not be used for a major business.

The house was home to the privately owned Antietam National Museum from at least the 1970s until about four years ago. It has been vacant since then.

Council member Denise Troxell was absent.

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