WENATCHEE — The Horan House, built in 1899 by Wenatchee pioneer Michael Horan and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, could be gone soon.
Nevio Tontini, who has owned the property at 2 Horan Road since 2006, submitted a demolition permit to the city of Wenatchee on Sept. 27.
The plan, according to the permit, is to level the 2.12-acre site, which includes tearing down the 3,200-square-foot, two-story house and 1,200-square-foot carriage house next door. The basement of the house will be filled with dirt.
The house’s listing on the national register means the demolition project falls under State Environmental Policy Act requirements, triggering a 14-day comment period, which ends Monday, said Stephen Neuenschwander, planning manager for the city of Wenatchee.
The city’s Historic Preservation Board was notified of the proposed demolition at its meeting last week, but the house, annexed into the city as part of the 2016 Olds Station Annexation, is not on the city’s list of historic homes. Homes listed on the National Register fall under the state Department of Historic Preservation.
According to the state website, houses on the list are considered “worthy of preservation,” but property owners can do what they want with the properties, including tearing them down, unless federal money is involved.
A letter to the city of Wenatchee from the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation regarding the demolition proposal encourages Tontini to consider alternatives.
The department also suggests that demolition might have to wait for an additional permit from the state archaeologist because the property is located on the Wenatchee Flat archaeological site, also listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Tontini could not be reached for comment about plans for the property that sits on the north side of the Wenatchee River. The property directly north of Tontini's parcel, which once was an orchard, is owned by the Port of Chelan County and is tentatively slated to be sold to the Chelan County PUD as part of its planned consolidated headquarters complex.
The area is currently zoned for industrial use.
For information on the demolition permit with city, go to https://wwrld.us/2Nwbk3G.