Wednesday, February 12, 2003
Hood River’s celebrity residence is expected to be under private ownership by the end of the week.
A real estate deal is now being finalized that will turn the Roe-Parker house over to Doug Gallant, an Alaskan native who plans to relocate to the Gorge. Gallant stepped forward with a cash offer of $225,000 — $5,000 more than the minimum bid price.
Hood River County Director of Parks and Buildings Dean Guess said 21 people either expressed interest in buying the vintage home or made offers since it went on the market in December. He said the money from the sale will be deposited in the capital projects fund and, once resettlement costs of about $100,000 have been reimbursed, the Board of Commissioners will decide how to distribute the remaining $125,000.
Last summer the county moved the historic home from its original site next to the State Street library onto a double lot owned by the county on Sherman Avenue. The Queen Anne-style cottage, formerly listed on the National Register of Historic Places, had to be relocated to make way for the $4 million library upgrade now underway. In 1999 the dwelling was purchased for $215,000 from funds raised by the library foundation and a $90,000 loan from the county. The foundation repaid the loan. Shortly after that transaction, the county agreed to assume ownership of the house and take responsibility for its resettlement and accompanying costs. Guess said county crews tried to retain as many of the original features on the 94-year-old residence as possible. It now sits on the hill above Overlook Memorial Park, with a view of downtown Hood River and the Columbia River.
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Lawnmower torches Arbor Vitae on Portland Drive
The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge