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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Heritage and other groups working to save Aretha Franklin’s birthplace presented their plan to a judge on Thursday.

After a long battle to save the house from being demolished, the judge announced enough work has been done on the building to avoid that happening.

Now the homeowner has three weeks to make repairs to the home on Lucy and present a financial plan.

In June,an environmental court judge ordered the city to tear down the home due to its condition.

It was declared a public nuisance back in 2012, and the court said since then the property has continue to deteriorate.

At the time, the house was coming off its foundation and some walls were falling in.

However, several weeks later, Judge Larry Potter gave the house a reprieve, allowing them a month to create a solid plan to save the house.

They presented that plan Thursday.

Franklin was born in the cottage in 1942.

Sources said the singer may step in to help save the building.

The next court date is scheduled for next month.



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