Finding history a home
FRISCO – The little whitewashed house that has sat for nearly a century near the corner of Galena Street and Fourth Avenue may look undistinguished and plain, but it harbors a wealth of memories and Frisco history.And it’s about to be torn down, unless a local real estate agent passionate about history can relocate it within the next 10 days.Efforts began several months ago to save the house, after developer Mark Harris bought the property last April from the owner, Susan Oostdyke. Harris had no interest in keeping the house, so before the transaction was complete, Oostdyke gave permission to Charlotte Clarke, owner of 4 Sale By U Realty and a member of the Frisco Historical Society, to put a “For Sale” sign up on the house. She would let it go for $5,000 with the provision that the new owner remove the structure to another lot.But the house remained unclaimed.This fall, Harris plans to build a duplex on the 14,000-square-foot lot.”We hope to be breaking ground by mid-October,” Harris said. “We’d be happy to give someone the house, as long as they move it off the lot within our time frame.”
Clarke is still interested in claiming the house herself, if she can move it to a temporary lot while she negotiates to buy a suitable permanent location.”If there were someone who had a place to store it temporarily, I may have a place to put it into permanently next year,” she said.To that end, Clarke has found a possible temporary site at Bill’s Ranch and hopes to have a few others to follow up with in case that one falls through.On Tuesday, Clarke contacted moving company Rocky Mountain Structural to see about moving the house before Oct. 15. She estimates that moving the house will cost between $10,000 and $20,000.She is waiting to hear from Summit County planning department about whether or not she needs a special permit to move and relocate the house to a temporary lot. Clarke said that she has always had an interest in the house because of its historical associations.”Susan Badger was such a special person in this town, with her life and her service. She did just about everything here,” she said. “And there just aren’t enough people who love that kind of history.”
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