HIghland Manor Taste

For months it’s been debated in social media, polled on news sites and discussed in City Council meetings – what should be done with the Highland Manor?

“… I’m concerned with the issue of the house (Highland Manor),” said Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson at the July 6th City Council meeting. “I don’t know where that stands. I don’t know if they’re going to move it. I don’t want to be cornered and make a snap decision and suddenly realize it’s over.”

No need to worry any longer. There will be no snap decisions as it applies to the historic site. The handwriting is on the wall.

Jeff Mc Fadden, the Managing Director for Taurus Southern Investments, spoke in almost certain language about the Manor’s fate at a July 13th workshop.

“I just don’t believe there is a way to keep the Highland Manor in its current site. It just sprawls and it takes up too much land.”

At the July 6th meeting, Commissioner Kyle Becker made a prophetic statement, and a request of City Administrator Glenn Irby.

“… We have to assume the Manor is going to be moved,” said Becker. “I would like to see a very high level rough estimate of how we can move it. We have to know that.”

“I can arrange to get some pricing,” Irby said.

Later that week, Irby secured estimates not only for the move, but a more comprehensive budget of costs associated with moving the Manor from its current location, to a prospective new home where the Connelly house currently sits at Park Avenue on Dream Lake. According to Irby, the Connelly house is not in good condition and does not meet ADA requirements for use by the public and would be cost prohibitive to retrofit those needs.


The itemized estimate to move the Manor and prepare/clear the sites is:

  • New Foundation: $35,000-$80,000
  • Electrical: $15,000-$80,00
  • Water/Sewer Connections: Minimal
  • HVAC: $50,000-$75,000
  • Restrooms (2): $128,000
  • Demolish and Dispose of the Connelly property: $10,000-$15,000
  • Demolish and dispose of the addition on the Highland Manor property: $10,000-$15,000
  • Move Highland Manor to Connelly property $100,000-$150,000
  • Build a 2,000 square foot addition onto the house once moved and include an elevator $500,000
  • Storage and protection of materials inside the Highland Manor $15,000

All totaled = $863,000 to $1,058,000

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the City Center Development Agreement at the July 20th meeting.


 

18 COMMENTS

  1. I have heard the Dream Lake location mentioned before. While it would look nice there, I question why? The last I heard was a lady had wanted the Connelly home for a non-profit. Okay, so the Connelly home won’t do for the non-profit for the reasons Glenn mentions in the article above. However the same lady with the non-profit, had previously had her sights set on the Highland Manor home, at least according to some of her Facebook postings I read. She did indicate that was probably not going to happen, but that she would love the Highland Manor home for her non-profit. So what public purpose would the Highland Manor be used for, if moved to Dream Lake? There is not enough parking there now, hardly, for something like it is used for currently, so I am curious as to what the home could be used for on that site at Dream Lake, that would warrant a million dollar plus move????? What happened to talk about moving it to Station Street, and having yet another city center? Restaurant, museum, other…..? Or Edward’s Field? Fickle as a fiddle, and getting hard to follow, all the multiple proposals. regarding everything city related. I think this talk is nothing but a diversion to draw the focus off of what will ultimately happen to the home, which is the wrecking ball, bulldozer, or backhoe, in which the debris will be hauled off to WHICH dump??? LOL

  2. I don’t remember the name of the non-profit that the lady had, nor her name. She came and spoke at one of the city council meetings, about her non-profit, and was wanting to put her non-profit in the Connelly home on Dream Lake. It was a women’s based non-profit for women to gather, craft, sew, communicate, pray, support each other, and hob-nob and other missions. Maybe she will see this, and respond, and get all the info correct. If I remember correctly her non-profit is operating over on Roger Williams Road near Lovell School, at the big church there, which I can’t recall the name of the church right off-hand. Is it the Nazarene church, I can’t remember? That was what she said, except maybe I got the church wrong, don’t know………

  3. I had hoped if the Highland Manor was going to be saved that it would be a community gathering place for all kinds of events and happenings, and would have the full banquet facilities, kitchen, stage, and full bar (hiccup!) We will have to wait and see what goes……

  4. Let’s call on one of our former Apopka High School athletes who have gone pro and are making some big $$$$$$ and maybe the city might even name the house for them for a large portion of the home’s moving costs. We will put it out there for thought, and see if there are any takers! Who should we contact that is making the major bucks now as a pro and is from Apopka? Hey, doesn’t have to be a pro athlete, can be another highly successful person from our area and appreciates our city’s unique history and wants to preserve our history.

  5. Okay the lady with the non-profit that wanted the Connelly house on Dream Lake was Mitzi Lee Hahn, Founder. You can see one of her postings here on the Apopka Voice. When you finish reading this, go back to the other articles, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, to “show more” and when the next page comes up, go to the top and click onto the “most popular” articles of the Apopka Voice, and scroll down to the article about the Highland Manor, and on to people’s comments, and her posting is there on down a little. That is the only way I know how to tell you to find her posting.

  6. I don’t know why they want to move it in the first place. They only mention that it takes up too much land? So what are you gonna do with that land? Build another roadway/exit to 441? Can’t the city just leave it be and have it historically preserved and used as a museum?

  7. I agree to leave it where it is . Someone should make it a bed and breakfastfast. We don’t have one and Apopka is growing by leaps and bounds. That’s a perfect place.

  8. The City of Apopka council meeting where Ms. Hahn attended and talked back and forth with the mayor was on March 2, 2016. You can listen to the audio or read the minutes which recorded in writing their discussion. You can find this info on Apopka.net up at the top of the page and go to that date of the council meeting. She wanted the Connelly home for her organization, after the mayor told her he had a home that was vacant and suitable possibly, and the mayor was discussing the possibility of declaring the Connelly home surplus property. Now, it is said the Connelly home was not up to par, after checking it out. So Glenn Irby talked about the Highland Manor could be moved to the same site as where the Connelly property sits currently and it was stated it will have to be demolished, the Connelly home that is on a facebook posting. So all I can say is go figure…………just trying to figure the chit chat out, I am not saying anything for sure. just speculating, and scratching my head as to why there, with not enough parking or land at Dream Lake, for that big home????? Are they serious, or will it go to the wrecking ball? I came in like a wrecking ball………….

  9. Regarding the channel 9 investigation of Apopka and other government entities having so much vacant unused lands that were bought up and being held, how about this ? The inventory that was done of the city owned properties, or is being done currently by Apopka officials, is to determine what unused properties that they can deem “surplus property” to either sell, keep, or donate? Maybe they are getting their “house” in order to do something! The land at the Connelly home was talked about at the March 2, 2016 city council meeting, and there was talk about to “donate” the surplus land there, when at that council meeting , the lady wanted the home for her organization which I believe was a non-profit. So the Connelly home is not feasible for the organization now, so what gives? All of a sudden there is talk of moving the Manor to Dream Lake. Another thought, maybe the Highland Manor is going to be moved to a city owned unused property, and it might become the new UCF Incubator Building! The current UCF Incubator building sits where the new city center is suppose to go in, on that side of the road, is what I thought they said. Unless the old Barnhill Restaurant will be torn down, and the Highland Manor moved there, but I don’t think so. Maybe the Highland Manor will be moved to Dream Lake and serve as the new UCF Incubator Building. If so, UCF should share major moving costs!

  10. The Highland Manor home if moved should be moved a little bit further down Park Avenue and set down on the lot the city owns at Park and Sandpiper across from the Circle K Store. That is a nice size lot with some pretty trees which would have a lot of room for parking and for whatever the use of the home will be. Maybe a dinner theater……or new community event center? Also, there could be a bike trail substation out along the frontage to stop in and get water, air for the bikes, etc. and then Orange County will be extending the West Orange Trail down Welch to the state park. The home there and the bike trail could all be tied together in some sort of way for families to enjoy.

  11. Am I being too negative by calling the city center proposal a “pig in the poke” ? No, I am not, because the first drawings of the city center appearance was generic, and not a true representation of the city center. The next set of renderings were not a true representation of what the actual buildings will look like either. The actual representations of the buildings and such will only be when the agreement is set. I assume that means when the city council votes and approves the contract, if that is what they will do. The company is expecting the council to vote and approve of the city center before they actually can see the true representations of what the actual buildings will look like at the city center. How would you like to plunk down say $ 300,000 for a new home for yourself and only get to see what it will look like after you agree to sign the dotted line and agree to buy it site unseen???? That is crazy.

  12. Or will the city council members see the newest renderings of what the actual buildings of the city center will look like, before they have the vote? When the “agreement is set” is actually kind of vague wording to me, about the appearance of the actual buildings. Just saying……. Whatever, I actually think they should go ahead and vote for the city center, as hard as that is for me to say, because so many people have their hopes built up, BUT when it comes time later to determine what to do with the Highland Manor…….IT NEEDS TO BE SAVED, and kept city owned, for all to use!!!! Do not sit there and vote in favor of the city center, if you all have no intentions of saving the historic home! If nothing else, it could be moved to Edward’s Field, and start incorporating other community projects along with it, there on the site. Then maybe we will have some old Apopka and some new Apopka, a nice balance for all. The city center vote is approaching…………..soon! I’m going to cut this computer off for now, it is getting darker and darker in my house, and the loud thunder and lightning is scary to me!

  13. Why didn’t you city slicker staffers put those latest renderings of the city center and attach them onto the packet with the contract on the agenda of the city center workshop. I saw the packet from the city center workshop. and no problem, but when I downloaded the rendering below the city emblem on your city homepage, that is far as I got, because I can’t get the Acrobat Reader D to work because I don’t know what file it is in, or where the heck the download is……X%!!&^#$#!&!!!! You all are suppose to make it easy for residents to view your stuff. Plus my computer service has been crappy all day, flashing on and off constantly, and is getting worse every day! I am ready to throw it all in the nearest lake!

  14. The city council does not have to worry one little bit about a bank wanting to open 8 service lanes at the new city center such as Chase, the example they used. Of course not, because we already have a Bank of America in town that has about that many lanes plus a walk up service window, and they closed them ALL down! All I know after listening to the audio of the city center workshop, is if the first restaurant to open with a drive through at the city center is Taco Bell…..heads are going to roll! A nail salon with how many nail stations? 60! For real? Did I hear that correctly? Did they do an inventory of how many nail salons are in Apopka currently? Another Mexican restaurant? Oh dear god. Also, Florida Vernacular style was explained, and it makes whats new look like it has been there forever. So we are going to do away with old, to create new, that looks old……..now that is progress. What about a chocolate shop? I love chocolate. What about a fancy dog groomer salon? Also what about businesses that might be open all night long? Will that be allowed? Will there be any restrooms around the walking area, other than inside the businesses? What happened to the talk about putting fish in the pond to eat the scum on top of the pond?

  15. Seriously I urge you all to go ahead and vote for the city center. Then I will have somewhere to ride my bike to. That is, if I don’t get run over trying to get to it when it is completed. Or if the developer doesn’t take too long to complete it, as I am not getting any younger, and might have to trade my bike for a hover-round. Wheewwwweeee…….!!!! Heeheee!!!!

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