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Estacada house travels to its new home

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MATTHEW WATTS - On Feb. 20, the house at 915 N.W. Wade St. moved to the corner of Northwest Sixth Avenue and North Broadway Street

Now here was something you don’t see every day.

On Feb. 20, the farmhouse at 915 N.W. Wade St. moved down the street, traveling to its new location at Northwest Sixth Avenue and North Broadway Street.

The fate of the house, which was built in 1930 and had previously served as a home, has been in transition for several years.

At its Dec. 8, 2014, meeting, the Estacada City Council agreed to purchase the 1.08 acre property at 915 N.W. Wade St. from its previous owners, the Davis family, using $210,000 from the library fund and $8,000 from the general fund.

Previously, the library board funded an appraisal of the property from RSP & Associates, which said its market value was $313,000.

The library initially planned to demolish the house to make space for future projects, but Estacada resident Ed Ahrens approached the library about purchasing the house and moving it.

Ahrens purchased the house for $1.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The house is raised from its foundation in preparation for the move.

“There aren’t too many old houses,” Ahrens said, who works in remodeling and has moved several houses previously. “I thought maybe we could move it.”

The Estacada City Council approved Ahern’s purchase of the property at its Dec. 15, 2015, meeting.

Ahrens plans to renovate the house and rent it. He said he will need to reinsulate the house, as well as redo its electrical and plumbing.

The 3,618-square-foot house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Ahrens isn’t certain when it will be ready for renters.

Meanwhile, with the house off the property, Estacada Public Library director Michele Kinnamon says the first thing they will do with the space is expand their parking lot.

“Our patrons have been asking for more parking spots for years,” she said.

Kinnamon estimates that 20-30 spots will be added in the expansion.

She’s glad the house was able to be saved.

“There’s so much rebirth happening in Estacada,” she said. “We’re happy to do our part.”