By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The residents of the Nook and Cranny House in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood hope to save the three-story, 1910 Craftsman, but they need a new lot and about $500,000 in private loans or donations by December 31.
The property owner, Holladay Park Plaza, wants to build additional senior housing on the lot at 1716 N.E. Clackamas St. However, said house manager Suzi Levy, the people at Holladay Park support efforts to save the house.
“If we can find a way to relocate the house, they will give it to us!” Levy said in a multi-neighborhood e-mail.
Levy and Erika Guynes began renting the house in 2007. They formed a co-housing community which now includes seven adults in a variety of professions, plus one baby and one three-legged dog, Shellby.
The residents, who created a video, describe their living arrangement as akin to a supportive family. For that reason, they hope to stay together. The website also has a “contribute” button for crowd funding and information on arranging a private loan.
The house is on a 50-by-100-foot lot but the group hopes to find at least a 50-by-80-foot lot in the Sullivan’s Gulch, Irvington or Kerns neighborhoods. The shorter the distance, the cheaper the costs to move the 4,800-square-foot house, Levy said.
Permits are required for every road traversed, and payments must be made for every utility line, stop light and road sign that is moved and replaced, said Levy, who has consulted moving companies.
The group must be in escrow for land by December 31. That means raising about $500,000 in private loans and donations by then, Levy said.
“If we are unable to raise the necessary funds to relocate the Nook and Cranny House,” Levy writes on the website, “we will instead use the loan money to purchase an existing home for our community.”