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May 11, 2014

Hoxsie House removal deadline could be extended

TRAVERSE CITY — The nearly 140-year-old Hoxsie House remains on its original location in Acme Township, even though it’s been years since Department of Natural Resources officials said it had to move.

The Hoxsie House, also known as the Knollwood Motel, sits on land purchased in 2010 through a DNR Trust Fund grant. It must either be moved or demolished because it doesn’t fit the description of what can sit on trust fund land.

The house once belonged to Acme founder Leonard Hoxsie and is one of the oldest buildings in the township.

The DNR typically allows municipalities 90 days to move structures off the property, but officials extended that time frame for the Hoxsie House to June 30, 2014.

“It’s certainly taking longer than we would have hoped,” said Steve DeBrabander, manager of the DNR’s grants management section. “Last we heard they’re not going to be able to make that. We have been in discussion with them to again make this work.”

DeBrabander said he’s open to giving the Acme Heritage Society, which is taking the reins on the project, more time. He said they asked to have until Oct. 1 to move the house.

“Our response to that is, provide us with specific documentation showing us you have a location to move the home to, that there are plans in place to get it done by Oct. 1. If everything looks like it will happen by Oct. 1, then we will consider that,” DeBrabander said.

Acme Heritage Society members are optimistic about making that deadline.

“We thought we weren’t going to be able to do it, but now there’s some light at the end of the tunnel,” said society president Dave Hoxsie, who is Leonard’s great, great, great grandson.

Hoxsie would not give details about what changed to make him so hopeful.

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