Scott Bryant/Savannah Morning News That's when the real work began.
Shotgun history Oglesby searched through titles and found ownership records dating back to 1947.
Worse yet, the city of Savannah wanted the land underneath as part of the continuing redevelopment of the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood. "You've got to realize one thing this is the Brownville community, one of the oldest black communities in the city," said Eddie Epps, who's lived in Cuyler-Brownville since 1959. The church won't settle for less." The church is Abyssinia Baptist Church, which has joined the city and the Historic Savannah Foundation to work out a deal to move the house about 20 feet across a lane.
A great deal for all, they said: the city gets needed land to build three more houses, Historic Savannah saves another structure, and the church gets a house to offer low-income residents.
In 2002, the family moved into the renovated the Florence Street School and Charity Hospital a few blocks away.
Stuck and stuck again At that point the city began seeking solutions.
Shotgun houses were more prevalent in other Southern cities such as New Orleans and Mobile, Ala.
But some popped up in Savannah, most of which have been demolished.
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Finding someone to move the house proved difficult. The church will get a loan, but Oglesby said he is looking for donations to retire the debt quickly. We have zero income for the project." Related Searches SAVANNAH CHARITY HOSPITAL GEORGIA CUYLER-BROWNVILLE EDDIE EPPS ABYSSINIA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORP.
For 13 months, the city and church looked around for someone willing and able to move the decrepit building. Finally the city found a company from Baxley and paid it ,000 to raise the house and move it. ALABAMA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR INDIAN HEAD SAVANNAH MORNING NEWS NEW ORLEANS LONNIE OGLESBY HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION MOBILE BAPTIST CHURCH BROWNVILLE W.
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Plans were to combine the property with another parcel next to it and build three new houses, but the decaying shotgun house stood in the way.