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Published February 18, 2010, 12:00 AM

Moorhead, home mover finalize deal

Moorhead has finalized an agreement with a house moving company that means homes purchased as part of the city’s flood buyout program could start leaving neighborhoods next week, said Peter Doll, the city’s manager of development services.

By: Dave Olson, INFORUM

Moorhead has finalized an agreement with a house moving company that means homes purchased as part of the city’s flood buyout program could start leaving neighborhoods next week, said Peter Doll, the city’s manager of development services.

The agreement is with Recycle Homes LLC of Moorhead, a company that is essentially a subsidiary of Milbank House Movers Inc., a South Dakota company, Doll said.

Recycle Homes agreed to purchase at least 10 homes from the city for $10,000 each and it will provide what is essentially a $50,000 bond the city would have access to if terms of the agreement are not met.

That means if Recycle Homes falls short of buying 10 homes, it would have to pay the city $5,000 for every house it doesn’t buy, Doll said.

But he expects the company to purchase all 16 houses the city now owns and deems to be suitable for moving.

The city is close to buying another nine flood-prone homes that can be moved. Doll said it is expected Recycle Homes will also buy those, for a total of 25.

The city wants the homes moved from their present locations before any flooding this spring, he said, adding the timing of the moves will depend on how quickly the preparation process goes.

Each home must be tested for potential environmental hazards such as mercury switches and asbestos. Potential problems must be taken care of before a house is moved.

Doll anticipates homes could start moving sometime next week.

The homes, which will initially be taken to an area south of 34th Avenue south in Moorhead between Eighth Street and 20th Street, will be marketed by Recycle Homes.

Moorhead officials have said they hope that many, if not all, of the moved homes will remain in the city.

Doll said anyone interested in purchasing a house from Recycle Homes can call Bruce Qvammen at (701) 730-1310.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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