Enos Park residents seek someone to move historic house

By Jason Nevel, Staff Writer, Posted Dec. 3, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

Leaders in Springfield’s Enos Park neighborhood are hoping to save an old home on land recently acquired by Memorial Medical Center by finding someone to agree to move it to a specified location.

The Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association is trying to preserve the four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot house with two bathrooms that was built in the late 1800s at 627 N. Fourth St.

Michelle Higginbotham, the Enos Park group’s president, said the home is the only building on the block that has historical significance and isn’t blighted. The house has hardwood floors, pocket doors and other features that come with classic, older homes. “It definitely has a lot of character that has never been covered up,” she said.

The new location would be at the southeast corner of Third and Rafter streets, an empty lot owned by the association. As an incentive, Higginbotham said, the association would turn over the home for free if someone paid the moving costs. She estimated it would cost less than $100,000 for the home to be moved, a new foundation constructed, utilities disconnected and reconnected, and any other associated expenses.

Contact Michelle Higginbotham at president@epnia.com or 553-4629

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