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Poured-concrete home prompts Michigan debate

Birmingham, MI (AP) — A poured-concrete home planned for a suburban Detroit neighborhood that’s made up of more traditional houses has sparked debate over whether it would be art or an eyesore.

The 7,200-square-foot home is planned by Linda Dresner, whose Birmingham boutique is known for its clothes from world-famous designers, The Detroit News reported. Dresner Properties LLC is expected to get the necessary approval soon to demolish the last home standing on the two lots in the neighborhood of Coryell Park before building.

The goal is to help Dresner and her husband Ed Levy, president of a private construction materials company, design a “piece of great architecture,” Steven Sivak, the home’s architect, said.

“A piece of art,” he said.

James Mirro is one neighbor who has tried unsuccessfully to block the home. He calls it “extreme.”

Others, however, have become more accepting of the plans.

“Where I am, at this point, is I can get used to it,” next-door-neighbor Bruce Van Voorhis, a retired Ford product development manager, said last week.

Lawyers for Dresner Properties have stood by the plans after a neighborhood association asked for a more traditional home to be built and tried to use a 75-year-old deed restriction to block the project.

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