Judge wants plan for Aretha Franklin house

A judge wants a plan to restore the childhood home in Memphis of singer Aretha Franklin.
A judge wants a plan to restore the childhood home in Memphis of singer Aretha Franklin.

A judge is giving all the parties involved in the future of soul singer Aretha Franklin's former Tennessee home 45 days to come up with a plan to restore the dilapidated house.

The Commercial Appeal reports that Shelby County Environmental Court Judge Patrick Dandridge gave the city of Memphis, the current home owner and the receiver in charge of overseeing the property an October 16 deadline for plans to preserve the building.

Franklin died on August 16 in Detroit.

She was born in the south Memphis house in 1942 and rer family moved away from the city about two years later.

The home has been vacant for years.

Former Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter had ordered the house demolished, but he put that order on hold in June 2016 after volunteers stabilised the crumbling structure.

Australian Associated Press