Minot to spend an estimated 600K to move building
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot will spend an estimated $600,000 to move a 119-year-old house across a street, but some City Council members lament that there are better uses for the money.
The state historic preservation officer has ordered the city to move the building rather than tear it down to make way for a flood protection project, the Minot Daily News reported.
The manager of Minot’s National Disaster Resilience Program, John Zakian, told the City Council last week that the cost to move the building is an estimate based on the requirement that the building’s exterior be preserved. Funding will come from the city’s National Disaster Resilience grant.
Zakian said the two-story building isn’t on any historic registry and won’t be eligible for any tax credits for repairs or improvements to an historic structure.
“Just because SHPO decides something is historic (it) doesn’t mean it’s eligible for any of the benefits, and currently it is not,” Zakian said.
Some council members oppose moving the building. Council member Shannon Straight called the project “an incredible absurdity and waste of dollars.”
City Manager Tom Barry said Minot intends to sell the house once it’s been moved. He said the city asked the historic preservation officer to reconsider the move but was unsuccessful.
“We are disturbed by this, but we have given it our level best in terms of finding an alternative course that would be more effective for our community,” Barry said.
The building has been used as a gift shop since it was purchased by the city.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com