A nonprofit group has come forward to relocate Ballard's so-called "Up" house, once owned by Edith Macefield and a target for demolition in favor of new development for at least about a decade.
A nonprofit group has come forward to relocate Ballard’s so-called “Up” house, once owned by Edith Macefield and a target for demolition in favor of new development for at least about a decade.
Seemingly, the house will stand. Just elsewhere.
A news release from broker Paul Thomas on Thursday says more details about the planned relocation will be released Tuesday.
“The house really will float away, but not by air,” Thomas said in the release. “I can’t possibly imagine a more wonderful ending for this chapter of the Edith Macefield story.”
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Macefield reportedly turned down an offer of more than $750,000 to vacate her house at one point. After she died in 2008 at age 86, the fate of the foreclosed home now wedged between the concrete walls of a commercial building was undecided.
A mother and her 16-year-old daughter backed out of a bid to renovate the house into a coffee and pie shop called “Edith Pie” because bringing the house up to commercial building code was too daunting, Thomas said earlier this year.
Thomas said at the time other potential buyers also recognized the city code obstacles, like retrofitting it for earthquake safety, and came to similar conclusions. So Thomas started a search, now completed, for a nonprofit to move the house so he can sell the land it sits on.