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IC couple offers to donate house if buyer pays to move structure


The Bradley Building at 505 E. Washington Street is more than 120 years old. 

The building is now being offered for free- with one major contingency.  The buyer will have to pay to have the structure moved to a different location.

The building sits in the shadow of new multi-use larger buildings, and will otherwise be demolished to make way for a similar new development.

The owners say they held on to the property as long as possible, before agreeing to sell to the developer.

The offer to donate the building is an attempt to save a historically significant structure.

'It's a gorgeous, gorgeous house.  I think any time we can preserve any part of history, it's important," said Jason Bradley, who owns the property along with his wife, Suzanne.

There have been some interested in the offer. 

There are significant challenges on top of the overall cost of the move, which the owners say could be six figures.

Narrow Iowa City intersections could make the move a daunting task.

"Every time, the city builds an overhead walkway to connect buildings, and stuff, it cuts down on the possibility of moving a house," said Rick Goodwin of Goodwin House Moving.

The owner and developer are set to close on the sale mid-April.  Any interested parties would have only a matter of weeks to act on the offer.



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