With years of planning finally coming to fruition, a large expansion of Friendsview Manor's housing capability is slated to begin next month. In the lead-up to the start of construction, nine homes on the future property will be knocked down, while one will be relocated.
"The homes had always been there, occupied by either Friendsview residents, George Fox students or other folks," said Tim Towers, facility service director at Friendsview. "Friendsview acquired them slowly over the years and one of our residents actually used to live at the stone house on Fulton (Street)."
The buildings will make way for a five-story, 96-room apartment complex for Friendsview residents that adds to the retirement community's massive reach. Instead of just knocking down the homes as is, Towers and Friendsview enlisted the help of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to recover what's inside.
"I didn't want to tear everything down, so I thought, why not contact Habitat?" Towers said. "I contacted (executive director Rick (Rogers) and asked if they might be interested, and they agreed to remove as much as they could to use in their next build or to sell at their store. I compare it to being an organ donor — at least some of the body is being used."
Rogers — also the mayor of Newberg — said he was happy to lend a hand and recover as much as possible from the properties.
"We started last week taking out anything that we think we can either reuse or sell through the store," Rogers said. "Originally, we had hoped to have land to move some of the houses, but that just hasn't panned out so far. We have no land at all around town. We're finishing up a duplex on Fifth (Street) and that's it. We're scurrying around because things are expensive and there's not much of it."
Friendsview had plans to move all 10 of the homes to new locations without having to knock any of them down, but gradually the list shrank to just one, which will be relocated somewhere else in Newberg. The rest — including the historic stone home on Fulton Street — will be gutted and later knocked down, unless Friendsview can find a buyer for them.
Habitat will be taking out cabinets, door hardware, doors, fixtures, water heaters and other items that can be salvaged and either reused or resold. The homes should be mostly bare bones by the time they're done, with a mid-May deadline before the contractors take over and demolish the buildings. Preparations for moving the one home began last week.
"It's good that not all of the house is just going into the landfill," Rogers said. "We're saving what we can and putting it to use. The one house in particular that we're really bummed about not being able to move elsewhere is the old, stone home on Fulton. (There's a) lot of history in that place and it's a beautiful home."
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