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Historic home in North Knoxville to move
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The Knoxville Historic Zoning Commission has approved a potential home owner to move a house from Baxter Avenue in North Knoxville to Oklahoma Avenue.

Laurence Eaton would like to buy the recently renovated, one-story Queen Ann cottage house and move it to 119 E. Oklahoma Avenue in the Old North Knoxville neighborhood.

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" A lot of the textile mill workers lived there, merchants who worked in the Happy Holler area," says Kaye Graybeal from Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission. "The houses are very simple in style."

The original owner of the home, Bill Baxter, wants to redevelop the entire block of Baxter Avenue, said Graybeal.

The relocation of the home to Oklahoma Avenue will put the house in H-1 zoning, so that it's protected by the historic overlay.

Graybeal said Eaton is working on getting his city permits this week, then has until November 11 to move the house. In the meantime, a foundation at the new site is being constructed. According to the Knoxville MPC, the new foundation has to be completed by December 11, 2014 so that Eaton's insurance will cover the house.

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For a look at zoning in Knoxville, click on this link.


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