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LOGAN — The Logan School District is looking for interested buyers in purchasing and moving three historical homes from district property.
Two years ago, the district purchased two homes just west of its district offices in the historical area of Logan. Rather than immediately demolishing the existing historical homes, the district is looking for individuals who would purchase the houses and move them to another location, preserving the historical value but clearing the property.
The school district bought the land on which two homes sit — a little less than ½ an acre — with the intention of adding a safer entrance to the office parking lot and creating green space that would also add some needed drainage to the property. A third home rests on property next to Woodruff Elementary School and was acquired by the district about three years ago.
Residents have expressed concerns over how the removal of the homes would affect the overall look of Center Street and the historical district.
“We have committed to them that the park would enhance the community and we would do it in a historically significant way,” Marshal Garrett said.
We're really hoping that someone will find a home for these three homes and we would love to work with them to make that happen.
The homes, built in 1899 and 1935, are not protected by a historical society, Superintendent Marshal Garrett, said. The district approached the historic commission voluntarily after purchasing the homes, which determined that the two homes had historical value.
The 1,000 square-foot home was built in 1899 and has some original Victorian detailing on the exterior, Garrett said. The 1935 home’s exterior was finished using California stucco. Both Center Street structures were knitting mill residences, Garrett said.
“We’re really hoping that someone will find a home for these three homes and we would love to work with them to make that happen,” Garrett said.
Logan School District has had some people interested in the houses, but nothing is finalized, Garrett said. The district’s tentative plan is to wait through the winter for buyers and ideally, the homes would be moved by March.
If the homes are not purchased, Garrett said, the structures will be destroyed.
“At this point, we need the space for the park as well as the new, safer entrance, so we don’t have property to move them onto, so the only other option is to demolish,” Garrett said.