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Immigrant House Migrates Over to New Temporary Home

One of Mountain View's oldest houses to be stored in a city facility while funds are raised to rehabilitate and find it a permanent location.

Caution—house in motion!

The Immigrant House, a respite for weary travelers to the Mountain View since 1988, has been relocated to the City's Municipal Operations Center (MOC) this Friday.

Both the 1,100 sq. ft. Pearson House, a historical home, and the 400 sq. ft. Immigrant House, sat on a lot at 902 Villa St. However, the lot will be developed into a four-story 21,745 sq. ft. commercial building. This prompted public outcry to save the Immigrant House.

However, the City Council decided at the Tuesday, Jan. 29th session to leave the fate of Pearson House up to the developer of the site. The total cost to move, store and rehabilitate the house could be $922,000 according to city staff.

While the Immigrant House remains in storage, further analysis of how to repair the deteriorated structure will take place, according to city staff. The total cost to rehabilitate the house could be upward of $227,000, and with the total cost to moving of $32,000, the estimated cost grow to $259,000. The Mountain View Kiwanis supported the Immigrant House's move to the City MOC storage.

The Immigrant House will remain at the MOC for up to three years.

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Julie H February 23, 2013 at 12:57 AM
The little house had its own address—166 Bryant St.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Thanks Julie. Sorry about the omission, I didn't see the address in the city's staff report. I'll check again.

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