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San Diego House, Built in 1925, Moved Across County to Be Recycled

The owner wanted to demolish the property so she could build a new, three-story home on the Vermont Avenue lot.

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    Video from Chopper 7 shows the moving home, built in 1925, as it makes its way across San Diego County. (Published Monday, March 28, 2016)

    A nearly century-old San Diego home made its way across the County Monday as it moved to a new location. 

    The 800-square foot house, built in 1925, was slowly moved from Hillcrest to its new home in San Diego’s South Bay.

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    The owner wanted to demolish the property so she could build a new, three-story home on the Vermont Avenue lot.

    But instead of letting the property get destroyed, local entrepreneur Garnell Fitz-Henley, who specializes in saving homes from demolition, saw possibility. Fitz-Henley wanted to salvage the home.

    “When a building is demolished so much material and energy goes to waste,” Fitz-Henley said in a statement. “Eighty-year-old solid oak or maple floors, gum wood built-ins, lead crystal. All of these precious materials, not including all the talent and energy expended by the original laborers. It simply makes sense to preserve and reuse all that. ”

    The home’s original owner, Anne Wilson, said she enjoyed living in the house for 22 years, but was ready for a change.

    “I hated the thought that it would just be demolished when I start to build a larger home. Fitz found me when an architect he works with heard of my project,” Wilson said in a statement. “He proposed salvaging rather than demolishing, which I was happy to hear was even a possibility. Working with him to move the house is actually saving me money in demolition costs.”

    Fitz-Henley, his contractor and a crew helped find the building a new physical home.

    Soon, a new family will move into the home at its new location. The property is at a storage facility in Otay Mesa and will eventually be put on a lot in San Ysidro.

    Fitz-Henley has worked to move or recycle dozens of previous structures in San Diego County. 

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