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Help available for moving house

December 26, 2013
All the Cadieux farmhouse wants for Christmas is a new owner.

Ever since the Grosse Pointe Park city council turned down a request from a homeowner on Harvard to move the historic house to his property, Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe has been searching for a new location for the small frame house.

According to Rick Swaine, Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe’s president, a new owner needs to be found before April.

“We expect to begin construction on our new parking deck in April,” he said, “so we will need to have it moved by then.”

The gray frame house is located at the corner of Jefferson and Notre Dame in the City of Grosse Pointe. Built in the 1850s, it is believed to be one of the last original farmhouses still standing in Grosse Pointe.

The hospital has offered to underwrite the moving costs, estimated at more than $50,000, if the house could be relocated.

Grosse Pointe Park resident Stephen Thiel and his wife, Lisa, approached Beaumont about moving the house to the property they own at the corner of Jefferson and Harvard in Grosse Pointe Park, but in September their site plan was denied by the Park city council.

Since then, sites as close as Grosse Pointe Woods and as far away as Monroe and northern Michigan have been considered.

The problem, according to Swaine, is the house movers Beaumont has been consulting with recommend the house be moved no more than six or seven miles from its current site.

“Moving a house of that age is extremely difficult,” he said, not to mention extremely expensive.

Swaine acknowledged the process of giving the house away has taken much longer than anyone expected, but is confident a new owner will be found.

And while Swaine is uncertain of where the house will finally end up, he is adamant the house will be moved.

“We will not tear the house down,” he said. “I made that promise and I’ll stick to it.”

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