Historic Harvey Cedars Home’s Fate Is Up in the Air

ON THE Shift?: The house crafted by Isaac Lee was 1 of quite a few on the street crafted in the early 1900s. It is now dealing with demolition unless of course a new web page for it is observed with the funding to transfer it.  (Photo by Ryan Morrill)
Tries are underway in Harvey Cedars to help you save a house dating again to the early 20th century from the wrecking ball.
The house at 10 East 74th St. (Lee Avenue), most not too long ago owned by the Redmond family members, has been procured by Tom and Meg Gorrie. They closed on the transaction Monday.
Tom Gorrie said they have owned a dwelling upcoming door to the home for the earlier 24 many years.
“We want to develop a house there for our extended family members, which now includes five grandchildren,” he claimed. “The existing home there would not be massive ample.”
Susan Kramer, who was the home’s listing agent, said it “would be a shame” if the home could not be saved and was torn down. She posted considerations on Facebook and she and other residents talked over the make a difference at the Could 6 borough commission conference.
“I’m hoping that the borough can find some way to move it to yet another spot so this piece of local background can be preserved,” she mentioned.
YESTERYEAR: Previous longtime Harvey Cedars Mayor Reynold Thomas is photographed whilst a boy, crouched in the weeds at appropriate. The Lee Avenue dwelling locals would like to conserve from demolition is witnessed in the history in the early 1900s. (Image from the Island Album, Down The Shore Publishing)
Kramer reported the house, recognised as Lee By the Sea, dates back to 1905 and was built by Isaac Lee, a person of the unique developers of Harvey Cedars. Neighborhood creator and historian Margaret Thomas Buchholz  stated that in the late 19th century, Lee had owned the southern portion of Harvey Cedars, masking 60 acres. Lee had a pound fishing organization and applied several Lee Avenue homes as rental qualities. A household Lee designed in 1887 continue to stands on the north aspect of Lee Avenue.
Gorrie said he would guidance efforts to transfer the household, but said there are time constraints due to the fact he hopes to start construction on the new residence in the tumble.
Deputy Mayor John Imperiale mentioned it “would be wonderful to save, but the problem is value.”
“It would be in the $60,000 variety just to shift the house to the Harvey Cedars borough garden, then substantially extra to fix it up,” stated Imperiale, who is general public security chairman. “My thought was to preserve it and resolve it for the seashore patrol, but I could not justify employing general public security money for that. It would signify chopping lifeguards or police, such as summertime officers.”
Borough Commissioner Paul Rice, who is finance chairman, stated there is no income in the spending plan for such an expenditure.
“We would have to go out to bond, and I’m not certain the taxpayers would be in favor of that,” he reported. “Moving it is not heading to be easy and we’re also up from time constraints.”
Mayor Jonathan Oldham, who is public performs commissioner, said numerous options would be explored.
“We’re heading to have to figure out the best use for it and the fees,” he explained. “We would despise to lose it. It is element of our record. To some, likely from the aged to new may perhaps be development, but it’s agonizing to view.”  —E.E.

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