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No bids a second time for historic home in Zephyrhills

Zephyrhills put this house up for auction with a starting bid of $500, but there’s a catch: The buyer would have to move it.


Zephyrhills put this house up for auction with a starting bid of $500, but there’s a catch: The buyer would have to move it.

ZEPHYRHILLS — Once again, the historical home on the edge of Zephyr Park couldn't find a new owner. Now its fate is unclear.

When the online bidding on the 1,665-square-foot wooden-frame home ended Friday afternoon, not a single bid had been made — even though the starting bid was only $500.

It was the second time Zephyrhills officials have tried in recent weeks to sell off the home to make way for park expansions, perhaps more tennis courts or additional parking. But while someone could have become a homeowner for $500, there was a significant catch: The house had to be moved and, unless otherwise negotiated, it needed to be done within 30 days of sale.

The city's Community Redevelopment Agency bought the property, including the land which sits in front of the city tennis courts and adjacent to Alice Hall Community Center, in early 2010 for $312,500. City officials tried to come up with ways to use the two-story home, thought to be built in either 1915 or 1925, but plans never panned out. CRA board members decided to sell it instead in hopes of saving the structure.

While it was unclear this week what city leaders plan to do with it now, one suggestion is to use it for firefighting training, in which case, of course, it would be destroyed.

Lisa A. Davis, Times correspondent

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