When the Schrank family decided to sell their Prior Lake home and property, they were horrified to find that the new buyer wanted to destroy the house and build a new one in its place. The Schrank's are now donating the home to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.
But it had to be moved to its new site before a new family can take residence in it. That was accomplished last week by Otting House Movers based in Lakeville:
The 30-Ton house, 64-feet in length, 32-feet in width took up both lanes of traffic, which created quite the chore Wednesday. Crews had to cut branches from the tree-lined streets, Xcel Energy took down low power lines and some street signs were taken apart.
It took 4 hours to move the house 1.5 miles.
"It's always exciting to get a house donation, especially as rare as a donation that involves a house move," Sharon Rolenc said, from Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. "It will go to a family in very high need of affordable housing."
Habitat for Humanity say they have fulfilled less than 1% of house-moving requests. The Schrank's house met their standards because it is energy-efficient and the move was close in proximity. Because the house was donated, the new homeowners will get a discount as well. A family will be selected in the Spring.
For people who are considering a tear down to build a new home, it may be worth consideration to call the local Habitat for Humanity and find out if it is possible to give the house to a new family.