The Dionne Quints home won’t be moved to its new location before the original June 1st deadline agreed to when council voted to keep the home in North Bay back in February. Grant Castle Corp, the developer that purchased the land, has agreed to an extension that will see the home stay put for a while longer. Councillor Chris Mayne, who chaired the special committee that helped keep the home in the city, says they ran into a few issues. Mayne says there’s still preparation work at the new location that needs to be done, including the soil testing of the foundation. He says the other big issue is signing a contract to actually move the home.
The house is going to be moved in two sections, the roof needs to be separated from the main body and the porch has to be dismantled and potentially rebuilt. Mayne says the bottom line is it’s taking longer to get everything organized than was originally hoped. When the city announced the sale of the land for $1.68 million, there was an agreement with Grant Castle Corp that the home would be moved by the June 1st deadline. Mayne says when the agreement was originally reached the deadline seemed reasonable, but now they know it can’t be done. Mayne says he’s talked with people from Grant Castle Corp and they understand the situation the city is in.
Mayne says the first choice is still to move the home directly to the new site to avoid any extra costs of having to store it somewhere. He finished by saying the hope is that the move is completed in the next few weeks.