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Home Offered For Free With A Catch -- Sky Arnold

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Nashville, Tenn -- The owner of a large Queen Anne style home in East Nashville wants to give it away but there's a catch.

You have to move the house off the property.

Developer March Eggerton needs the land to construct phase 2 of his Walden development at the corner of Eastland and Chapel.

Phase one includes a mix of condos and businesses like Jeni's Ice Cream and Climb Nashville.

Melissa Wyllie with Historic Nashville Inc. says the home was originally built in the 1880s as a school.

It's the type of property her organization usually tries to save but in this case it was Eggerton who proposed the unusual solution of giving the home away.
"It may not have been the first thing preservationists thought of.  they probably would've thought of keeping it right there but it's still a really great opportunity to do something else with the house," said Wyllie.

That something else won't come cheap.

It's estimated the cost to move the home and set it up on other land with a foundation and utilities could run $50 grand.

That doesn't include the cost of the land.

Still those who are renting the home now believe it still has life in it if someone is willing to take it for free.

Josh Alfassa says he hates to leave it.
"Everybody that lives in East Nashville knows this house," said Alfassa.

Already dozens of people have reached out in hopes of getting the free home.

If you're interested contact the Historic Zoning Commission at 862-7970.

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