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IOWA CITY (AP) - Demolition has begun on two Iowa City cottages that date to the 1850s, months after officials declined to designate them historic landmarks.

Crews started work Wednesday to demolish the cottages and replace them with a mixed-use development.

A third cottage was demolished last December.

Preservationists had sought to save the cottages, noting the structures were among the few historic structures in Iowa City that were used by working class residents, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports.

Two city panels supported an application to designate the buildings as historic landmarks, but the City Council in February denied the request.

Friends of Historic Preservation executive director Alicia Trimble called the demolition "incredibly sad."

Developer Mike Hodge didn't return phone calls seeking comment.

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