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Mason City issues RFP for relocation of historic houses



This news story was published on May 18, 2013.
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MASON CITY – The City of Mason City has issued a request for proposals for the relocation of historic houses.

The homes are located in flood zones mostly devastated in the 2008 flood.  The request for proposal has been issued for parties interested in acquiring and relocating historic houses from the Oak Park Place neighborhood.  Acquisition includes the structure only and does not include any portion of the lot the house sits on. Buildings are offered in “as is condition”. The City purchased these ten (10) properties and must clear the sites as part of the voluntary flood buyout program.

According to city staff, “The City highly desires to see the structures relocated from the floodplain, restored and reused.”

There are financial incentives available.  The single family home structures qualify for state and federal historic tax credits when they retain their eligibility for nomination to the National Register of Historic Place. City tax abatement program does not depend on National Register eligibility.

City staff have organized an open house walking tour to be held on Thursday, May 23rd.

The tour will start at 722 N Hampshire and finish at 705 N Hampshire stopping at all houses, from this RFP, the group desires to view. Tours will begin promptly at 3:30pm and 4:15pm (two separate tours) on Thursday, May 23 and are anticipated to last about one and a half hours. Please meet at 722 N Hampshire and the group will leave from there. If you choose to not enter a house, but would like to remain on the tour that is allowed. Please sign in, bring walking shoes and flashlights as the buildings have limited lighting. The walk is about four blocks and the houses are not handicap accessible.

An information session will be held on Thursday, June 6th, 2013, from 5:30-7:30PM at City Hall.

More information is available here.

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