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Farmhouse will have a new home

January 30, 2014
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — Time and more moves on for the Cadieux farmhouse.

Come April, the house, built a decade before the Civil War, will be hauled in two sections to a new location on St. Clair a half-block south of the Village.

It will become home to Dr. Leslie Kaye, currently of New Baltimore.

The move ends worries that the 160-year-old structure’s days were numbered.

Alternatives included relocating it to another community or tearing it down.

“This was the dream we had from the beginning, to find someone exactly like this woman to take ownership of this house,” said Susan Hartz, a member of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society.

Relocation required approval from the City of Grosse Pointe council.

“So often we destroy our past,” said Councilman John Stempfle Monday, Jan. 27. “Now, we’re saving it.”

The house is on a city block that Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe owns and plans to develop.

“Beaumont has agreed to coordinate and pay for all the relocation costs,” said Michael Hoeflein, of Jones Lang LaSalle commercial real estate.

It will take about four hours to move each section of the house.

The route is from its current location at 16939 East Jefferson at the corner of Neff, east on East Jefferson one block to St. Clair, then north 1 1/2 blocks to a vacant lot at 533 St. Clair.

Utility lines along the route will be temporary relocated, including five DTE Energy power lines, four Telecom lines and 13 streetlights on St. Clair.

“They guaranteed us there’s not going to be any disruption in service,” said John Jackson, senior vice president of McKenna Associates, the city’s planing consultant.

Because the house consists of two parts, the original and an addition, each part will be moved separately. Both moves are restricted to between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Residents along the route will be notified “well in advance” of the moves, which require portions of the respective roads to be closed during transport, Jackson said.

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