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A House For The Taking, As Long As It's Taken Away Immediately

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One of the Palmetto area's stately colonial revival homes, only slightly dilapidated and overgrown, is being offered free to anyone who can haul it off the property. Once embedded in lush citrus groves, the historic, 1927 home is on a 92-acre site that the Manatee County Planning Commission has tentatively approved for the development of a 500-unit trailer park.

The prairie school house shown in vintage postcards as the "Palm View Guest House" or the "Brock's Palm View Gardens" is in good condition, the county told the Brandenton Herald. In the back is a 10-acre lake, where the Cone Corp. developers plan to build a kayak and canoeing launch; a pool, an office and a sidewalk around McMullen Creek. Neighbors worry about diesel runoff in the waterway. Commissioners are slated to take a final vote on the project Jan. 9.

· Need A Free House? Developer Offering 1927 Colonial Revival [Miami Herald]