Picketing to Save an Old House
Old Town residents are planning a peaceful picket outside a deteriorating historic house that could soon meet its demise should the mayor vote in favor of having it demolished at Monday evening's council meeting.
Old Town residents are planning a peaceful picket outside a deteriorating historic house that could soon meet its demise should the mayor vote in favor of having it torn down.
Old Town resident Harriet Carter who can see the unsightly house, located at 9300 Prescott Ave., from her home said "neighbors and friends of the property" who are in favor of preserving the city's historic appeal by maintainig its old houses will be out in front of the property Saturday at 1 p.m. to protest its possible demolition.
About a dozen residents met with Manassas City Mayor Harry J. Hal Parrish ll earlier this week to discuss a number of possibilities to save the historic house.
"We don't know how he is going to vote but we are hoping that he votes 'no' to demolishing the house," Carter said. "We would hope that the city would explore other options in dealing with the property."
Carter said there are not very many historic homes in tact in Manassas and it is not in the best interest of the city to lose this one.
People move to Old Town because they want to live in these old houses and visitors drive through Old Town just to look at the houses and enjoy their charm, Carter said.
Opponents of demolishing the house say the move will still cost the city money and will not fix the problem.
"It is in the city's interest not to demolish the home," Carter said. Even if the house goes the property still belongs to the owner, so then what? There will be a big, gaping hole."
Carter said residents have reached out to local developers to see about possibly getting the private sector involved, but the owner would have to sell, which she has declined to do in the past.
Residents are also interested in speaking to a representative from Bank of America, who took control of the property in July, to move forward with foreclosing on the property, so it can be sold to someone who will fix it up.