From Daily Republic // Oct. 20, 2005
By Ian Thompson
SUISUN CITY - Suisun City's historic Lawler House could get a new owner and possibly a new home.
A local business owner recently approached the Redevelopment Agency, which owns Lawler House, asking to buy it, Councilman Sam Derting said during the council meeting Tuesday night.
The city has also pondered moving the house to another downtown location if such a move could help sell a vacant site adjacent to the old home's current location at 718 Main St.
The businessman approached the city earlier this week, Redevelopment Director Al da Silva said. He wouldn't say who it was.
“This is a lead that we are definitely pursuing at this time,” da Silva said.
Main Street West Partners, the developer the city is negotiating with to run the downtown's future redevelopment, has run into difficulty marketing the site next to the Lawler House to potential anchor businesses.
Moving the Lawler House could help Main Street West's efforts to bring in businesses.
“It had been looked at because we wanted flexibility for Main Street West,” da Silva said.
If the city does decide to move the house, it better take a close look at the costs “because it's not cheap,” Councilwoman Jane Day said.
If the house moves, it would be the second time the 149-year-old ranch-style house has been moved.
Originally built on land not far from where the Suisun City Fire Department on Pintail Avenue now stands, the house was moved two miles by barge and truck in June 1979 to its present home on Main Street.
After two years of restoration, it became home to a dozen small businesses.
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