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Kinda off topic but you've all seen pics of my 54 century and @Pinhead63s 63 special at the Catsburg store here in Durham. I've always said this store would soon be gone and I would try to save it. I wasn't wrong.  Due to development it's slated to be demolished, but can be had for free if a "caring owner" will move it within the local area only and keep it mostly intact and publically visible.  I have the acreage, road frontage, and am only 6 miles away.  I submitted a proposal..... Was selected as a "finalist" and have a couple meetings to attend.  Anyone have any tips? 😀😀😀

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I would start by calling a house moving service to get a base line on moving cost.  Next would consider taking down the roof, walls in units and moving them as an assembly.  Just a thought without seeing the structure.

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Watch a couple of episodes of Barnwood Builders to see how they label each piece of lumber before taking things apart.

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reneg on the agreement?  Just looking at the structural damage and thinking it won't stay together while being lifted for the rolling trucks.  But not too much can be seen in one picture.  Maybe it's better inside than it looks? 

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Much depends on the foundation and the interface between the frame and it. A lot also depends on the route and clearances between it and you. The job can be easy peasy to a God awful night mare. Keep in mind anything is possible it's a matter of how bad do you want it.

Only an experienced house mover can can give you a valid estimate of the feasibility, methods and cost.

To my eye it's well worth saving if you have deep enough pockets............Bob

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Ive already spoken to the building mover of choice.  Its a slab foundation.  We'd take the two stories apart and the porch off.  Move in 3 pieces. No utility interruptions. Price less than a low-optioned new Buick including reassembly.

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Once you have it, what are you going to do with it ?  Are you ready to run a business out of it ?   Does it have to pass code before you do ?

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2 hours ago, Bill Stoneberg said:

Once you have it, what are you going to do with it ?  Are you ready to run a business out of it ?   Does it have to pass code before you do ?

Well. When these things present themselves ..... Gotta get ready right?  More that likely a rentable community space.  Yes the foundation, electrical, and plumbing will have to pass code, its only 720 sqft.

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15 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

Due to development it's slated to be demolished, but can be had for free if a "caring owner" will move it within the local area only and keep it mostly intact and publically visible... Was selected as a "finalist" and have a couple meetings to attend.

If it's due to be demolished I don't understand why there are any conditions whatsoever on somebody taking it.

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14 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

Ive already spoken to the building mover of choice.  Its a slab foundation.  We'd take the two stories apart and the porch off.  Move in 3 pieces. No utility interruptions. Price less than a low-optioned new Buick including reassembly.

That is still a lot of money.  It's very cool, but for less money you could probably build something like it with brand new materials, especially if you are going to change the look.  However, just like old cars, we don't usually save them because it's a financial investment.  The enjoyment has to be worth something to you!

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19 minutes ago, lancemb said:

That is still a lot of money.  It's very cool, but for less money you could probably build something like it with brand new materials, especially if you are going to change the look.  However, just like old cars, we don't usually save them because it's a financial investment.  The enjoyment has to be worth something to you!

Right.  It is a local landmark and has an interesting history. The caveats came when it hit the news media and popularity was renewed and then the current owner decided to contibute 5k towards whoever "saved" it.

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I googled it and there is some cool info. You didn,t mention it had gas pumps, which make it an old gas station. Which makes it an apt subject for discussion. If it were 6 miles from me it would be a no brainer.....bob

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9 minutes ago, Bhigdog said:

I googled it and there is some cool info. You didn,t mention it had gas pumps, which make it an old gas station. Which makes it an apt subject for discussion. If it were 6 miles from me it would be a no brainer.....bob

Lol.  Right?   Sorry

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I say go for for it. Of course i love to spend OPM. A hang over from my days with an expense account......😊....bob

 

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Oh YEAH!

I can see you lazing in that porch swing. Sipping a mint julep. Old Red your faithful coon dog lazing by your side. You, gently stroking his ear as you "sit a spell" and spin stories about the old store and it's moon shining sheriff to rapt visitors. Caint you jess smell them magnolias?.........Hmmmm?............Bob

Seriously. Way beautiful home. You are blessed............Bob

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1 hour ago, Bhigdog said:

Oh YEAH!

I can see you lazing in that porch swing. Sipping a mint julep. Old Red your faithful coon dog lazing by your side. You, gently stroking his ear as you "sit a spell" and spin stories about the old store and it's moon shining sheriff to rapt visitors. Caint you jess smell them magnolias?.........Hmmmm?............Bob

Seriously. Way beautiful home. You are blessed............Bob

Thanks.   She photographs well.  Lots of work still to be done.

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Buick Gardens, North!  ;)

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3 hours ago, NC-car-guy said:

Here is where I live, and would plunk the store....   this says 1914, but my records show the back of my house to be late 1800s and the front (2 story part) 1909.

http://www.opendurham.org/buildings/2303-fletchers-chapel-rd

 

 

Oh man!  That is magnificent, Matt.

 

  Ben

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Go for it -

We'll plan to visit,

and maybe bring along some "Fixin's"

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So I'm one of those nasty developers that wants things like this out of my way (somewhat tongue and cheek as I love stuff like this, but business is business). But I don't want bad press I want positive press. If you can find a way to get the historical society involved, (possibly fund some of the move) and the historical society gives their blessing and gives the developer good press, then you have an ACE to play.

 

As a nasty developer I've paid to move something like this to avoid the bad press at a cost of $50K, but it was worth it. In my case I HAD to do it because NCDOT didn't want the bad press either and I needed them to build me a road.  SOOOO you may have more leverage than you think but don't overplay your hand either.

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