But even at its worst, the house fascinated him. When Donnelly, a licensed contractor, decided to purchase 31 Sherman Drive on Frankfort Hill for $500,000, people called him “crazy.”
“You won’t find a house like this anywhere,” he said. “I think this house needs to be put together as it was. You could see what it could be.”
The challenge of fixing it excited him, Donnelly said.Supervisor Reed had some welcoming comments for the new owners:
“I want to make it a historical landmark,” he said. “It is a special house and needs to be protected.”
For New Hartford town Supervisor Earle Reed, the idea they will restore the “Pratts House” as he remembers it is a wonderful thing. In addition to it being a beautiful architectural building, it will also bring in taxes, he said.Bring on the Welcome Wagon! The article goes on to quote Supervisor Reed:
“I have a lot of memories of that house. I was friends with the Pratts,” he said. “I'd rather see it fixed up first. That house is a treasure. Let's get it restored first and then worry about taxes.”Isn't that nice...kind of gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling! Alice & Bob...we will wait until you are finished with the renovations...then all bets are off the table!
Here's an idea, Supervisor Reed. Maybe we should also worry about the fact that a good many homes in New Hartford never did get reassessed during the State Reassessment Program because they were not in the right Neighborhood Code (mistakes, probably) or they were somehow "overlooked"...isn't that right Supervisor Reed?