'Tis the season of giving, and the Monett Area YMCA is getting into the Christmas spirit. This week, YMCA officials announced that the local organization will be giving away a house to a family who has a plan and the means to move it.
|The home being given away is located at 115 S. Lincoln Ave., just off of Highway 37 south of the Monett South Park jet. The home and surrounding property were purchased by the YMCA in June of 2008. The intent was to deed the property to the City of Monett and then lease the property back to be used as the site for the new YMCA.|
|As plans to build a new YMCA solidify, the home will have to be removed to provide space for when construction begins.|
"The local YMCA Board would prefer to save the house and have it become a home for an area family rather than tearing it down," said Gordon Brown, executive director of the Monett YMCA.
|The YMCA is not requesting any payment for the house but is looking for proposals from individuals who are interested in moving the home to a new location.|
"It's a neat home," said Brown. "It has good nostalgic, old-fashioned woodwork and a big front porch. The house has the feel of a home that a family could grow up in. They would love for it to be used by a family if possible."
|A welcoming front porch, wood floors and interior French doors are hallmarks of the two-story home, which includes three bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, a dining room and an eat-in kitchen on the main floor as well as a bedroom and bonus room on the second level.|
|An open house to give interested individuals an opportunity to view the home will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.|
|"Anyone who is interested in taking possession of the house is encouraged to attend," said Brown. "This will be the time people can gather information about the house."|
|Proposals on the home will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2010, with the requirement that costs of moving the house would be assumed by the new homeowner. Proposed plans for the house should include a time frame for moving the house and estimates of what it will cost to accomplish the plan so that the local YMCA Board can determine that the plan is feasible.|
|"The individual whose proposal is accepted by the YMCA must be able to provide a $1,000 refundable deposit," Brown said.|
|The deposit will be refunded if the house is moved by April 30, 2010. If the house is not moved at that point, the contract would be void and the deposit forfeited.|
|Proposals should be mailed to: Monett Area YMCA, Attn. Gordon Brown, 205 Euclid, Monett, MO 65708.|
"The YMCA board hopes there is a family out there who can move this house and use it as their home," said Brown.