City Explains $750,000 Price Tag to Renovate Landwer House

Published 04/02 2014 04:54PM

Updated 04/02 2014 06:13PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- The City of Lubbock’s Director of Facilities Management, Wes Everett, said Wednesday that renovating the historic Landwer House will be expensive in part because of federal requirements.

On Sunday reported that the city set aside $750,000 to renovate the property which used to be the home of professor M.F. Landwer, and Everett described it as being the size of a typical small house.

The city bought the property in 1972 and used it as a party house/community center until the last few years. The house has historic significance as the first home in the Yellow House Canyon.

Facebook viewers wanted to know why it cost so much to fix up a small home.

Everett said, “It is a residential looking facility, but it’s not. It’s actually a commercial facility.”

He also said the Landwer House suffered water damage over the years, and, “Part of the ceiling fell in on a table of the people that were using it.”

“So after that I shut down the facility,” Everett said.

“We went in and we had to gut the entire facility,” He said. “So, everything you see on the outside is really all there is of the facility.”

He said currently there are no lights and plumbing. He also said the house is not complaint with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

“So, we had to redo all of that,” Everett said. “This will be a completely new facility. I think the entire community will be proud of it.”

Companies are currently bidding to do the work, and the City Council is scheduled to choose the winning bidder on May 8. Everett said everything will be built to commercial specifications for hosting events with up to 99 people.

He also said there is an effort to preserve the historic aspects of the house which also adds to the cost.

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