Want historic Winter Park, Fla. home? Pay to move it

Published On: Jun 11 2013 06:50:49 AM HST

A home built in 1885 is up for grabs, since its owner has other plans for the land it's sitting on.

The historic Capen House in Winter Park could be demolished if no one can pay to move it.

The house was set to be demolished this week, but the couple who owns it agreed to hold off for another month. They said if anyone comes forward with a plan and the money necessary to move the home, they will gladly give it away.

The owners want to build their own home where the Capen House stands.

Local leaders discussed the dilemma at a City Commission meeting on Monday.

"That 30-day window is where the owners are saying if the public is willing to bring together funding plans or proposals to move the house, they are willing to entertain those ideas," Commissioner Clarissa Howard said.

Another historic home, Casa Feliz, was saved from the wrecking ball in 2000 following an outcry from locals. As a result, the city created a register which provides historic homes limited protections.

Betsy Rogers Owens, the executive director of Casa Feliz, said she hopes the Capen House can be saved.

"We need to figure out a way to get out in front of these situations in the future so this doesn't happen again in Winter Park," Owens said.


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