In a blow to housing preservation efforts, the nonprofit owners of a home that was moved from the new Veteran’s Affairs Hospital site to Treme recently asked for permission to demolish the historic house. The city spent $35,000 to move the house and donated it to Providence Community Housing. After The Lens and our reporting partners at FOX8 began asking questions about the demolition request, Providence officials backtracked and said they now are working to form a new partnership to save the house.The house moving scheme, initiated as a means of placating preservationist protest over the clearing of the hospital site, was never going to satisfy anybody. Except the contractors, of course. Not that that should surprise anybody. In fact, it's likely that way by design as anyone who did the math at the time, like Tim here, could have pointed out.
Simple math tells me this program will fail.
$4.2 million divided by 73 houses is just $57,500 each.
No way you can prep the house, move it, build a foundation, and repair the house for that amount of money. And the cost land at the new location? What other funding or potential funding is provided to get all this done? If all they have is the $4.2 million.