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Poll: What Should Be Done About Historic Home At 9300 Prescott

The Manassas City Council has been mulling over what to do about the 1905 historical Queen Anne-style house that sits in a state of decay at 'the gateway to the historic district' for many years.

The Manassas City Council has been mulling over what to do about the 1905 historical Queen Anne-style house that sits in a state of decay at 'the gateway to the historic district' for many years.

Prescott Avenue area residents even formed a community group and met to discuss what should be done about the house.

At one point, in 2007, the council voted to spend nearly $100,000 to repair the home, according to the Washington Post, but strong public outcry later resulted in the city backing down on spending tax payers dollars to fix up someone's personal property.

Now, the property is in the hands of Bank of America, which took control of the building in July. City officials decided to allow the bank to proceed with the foreclosure process and repair it or sell it, but little has been done to secure the building.

A top floor window is broken out—and has been for a long time—exposing the interior of the house to the weather.

Residents along Prescott Avenue and the director for the Office of Community Development for the City of Manassas, Liz Via-Gossman recommend the city take action to secure the property on Prescott Avenue before the winter months.

"One more winter and it won't make it," Via-Gossman said.

Erin Gibson October 18, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Hi Jamie, A lot of people agree with you, but I think another issue is if you do if for one home/owner then you will have to do it for another and another and another and then, yes, it could get costly for the tax paying resident. Where do you draw the line?
Jonathan Way October 20, 2011 at 08:34 PM
The Land Use and Economic Development Committee of the City Council will be discussing 9300 Prescott Ave alternatives and recommended actions by the city at it's next meeting October 27 at 5:30 pm, second floor City Hall. While the meeting is not a public hearing, the public is invited to attend.
Erin Gibson October 21, 2011 at 01:36 AM
Thanks for the heads up, Councilman Way! I am sure there are a lot of people who would like to attend.
Lisa Baxter January 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM
What was the outcome of the Oct 27 meeting?
Erin Gibson January 12, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Hi Lisa! I did not go to that particular meeting, but at last update via the city community development office the city was interested in obtaining bids to secure the property for the winter since the bank had not made steps to do so, and they are worried it won't make it through the winter. I know the city met with a contractor in late December, but from what I can tell nothing further has been done to the house and it is raining as we speak!

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