Steamboat company flooded with calls about free Ninth Street cottage
August 5, 2015
Steamboat Springs — More than 250 people have shown interest in a small 100-year-old cottage offered to the public for free on Monday.
Local building and design company Gerber Berend offered the downtown house on behalf of new owners Tom and Susan Jones, who want to remove the structure to make room for a new home by Gerber Berend.
"Every two minutes, I get a phone call by someone who wants this house," said business co-owner Hans Berend, whose number was included in the first article about the home.
Owner Tom Jones said he never expected such a big response.
"I'm amazed. I'm flabbergasted," said Jones, who was looking for a home in the Old Town community when he and his wife found the historic cottage.
"We're really excited about the Steamboat community and particularly the Old Town community. We're really charmed by it," Jones said. "When we found this property, we tried to think if we could make it work, but it doesn't fit for our family, so we thought maybe the community would have some use for it."
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Jones said he hopes someone interested in the house can find a good use for it.
"I just hope it serves some need and makes somebody happy," Jones said.
To narrow down the number of people who might get the house, Berend is requesting a $10,000 upfront deposit to ensure the home is removed promptly by Oct. 1.
The deposit would be returned to the home’s new owner once it is moved and the site is cleaned up.
Those still interested should send a brief synopsis of what they plan to do with the house to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berend said he will go over the requests with the Joneses to determine a worthwhile recipient for the house.
Berend also said he is meeting with historical preservation staff Monday to see if there are any criteria that must be met before the house is moved.
The 576-square-foot, one-bedroom, one-bath home with a metal gable roof was built in 1915, according to the Routt County Assessor website.
Costs to move the home would depend on its size, weight and the distance moved.
The Workman home, given away by the city this year, is nearly three times the size of the Ninth Street cottage and was estimated in May to cost $50,000 to move approximately 15 miles, plus the cost of building a foundation at the new site.