Historic Charlotte home affected by 9/11

Historic Charlotte home affected by 9/11

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 9 at 8:42 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The impact of September 11th extends to a 100-plus-year-old house in Charlotte.

The land it sits on is now a Homeland Security concern against terrorists who might target the city’s water reservoir at the Franklin Water Treatment plant.

Looking at the house on Auten Road, it's as if you can hear the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

"It just represents what southern living used to be like in Mecklenburg County. It has a lot of deep roots,” said former owner Von Haverlah.

Haverlah's grandparents built it when it was known as the Grass family home place.

It was a gardener’s paradise.  Haverlah’s parents married there.  She and five siblings were born there.
Haverlah and husband Don raised their sons there.

"We had a family celebration every Christmas,” she said.

The concern about the house wasn't a concern until September 11th.  Before that, it was a great house with a great yard next to the water with a great view of Charlotte. 

After September 11th, the concern was easy access to the city's water treatment plant reservoir.

The city bought the Haverlah's house last year.

"We just felt it was time,” she said.

The city bought other homes in the same area also to protect the reservoir against terrorism.

Now, it's at a point where the Haverlah’s old house has to be moved or torn down.

The city is working to save the house.

House movers have been contacted and there’s been a search for nearby vacant land where it can be put, according to a city email.

That same email says the city has had at least eight inquiries from people interested in moving it, but the $150,000 to $175,000 cost to move it was too expensive.

City officials say one company came forward with a plan to dismantle the home piece by piece.

At last check, the city is verifying that contractor's experience and working out legal details, according to that email.

"The city could possibly not be able to find someone to move it or dismantle it or put it somewhere else, and they have to get it out of there,” Don Haverlah said.

"It will be hard to see it destroyed,” Von Haverlah said.  “I know I will not go back. I mean I can't handle seeing that because it feels like it's tearing your heart out."
 

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