Historic home in Buckhead needs mover
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Wright Mitchell and the Buckhead Heritage Society are looking for a new location for the historic Randolph-Lucas House on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. <br> Photo by Nathan Self
Wright Mitchell and the Buckhead Heritage Society are looking for a new location for the historic Randolph-Lucas House on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.
Photo by Nathan Self
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BUCKHEAD — Preservationists are close to a solution over the fate of the historic Randolph-Lucas House on Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

The 2500 Peachtree Condominium Association Inc., the homeowners’ organization for the condo building that sits behind the 88-year-old house and owns it, wants the house moved. But it is going to cost about $500,000 to do so, said Buckhead Heritage Society president Wright Mitchell.

“A lot has been going on behind the scenes,” Mitchell said. “Our goal is first and foremost (to) make it available to the public somewhere in Buckhead as a nonprofit center, heritage center or something along those lines.”

There apparently is an organization “very seriously interested” in buying and relocating the house, Mitchell said, though he would not disclose its name.

“It’s just a matter of time and money,” he said.

Mitchell said Hercules House Movers gave a rough estimate of $350,000 to move the house.

“You have site-prepping costs to put in a new foundation. Then once the house is situated, you’ll have additional costs associated with getting it up to code,” Mitchell said.

In June, Hakim Hilliard, the lawyer representing the condo association, addressed the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B zoning committee. The condo association’s request for a demolition permit for the house was denied by the city of Atlanta, but the association has appealed.

If a demolition permit is granted, there is a 120-day period in which the house can be moved. After that, it can be town down.

Mitchell said the over-arching goal is to save the house.

“Right now, I think the condo association is optimistic for the house to be moved,” Mitchell said. “I think they’re willing to explore that, which is commendable.”

Hilliard did not immediate return calls for comment.

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