The group hoping to save the Gedney Farm House from the wrecking ball continues to scramble for a viable rescue plan.
The old house, which has occupied its lot in Mamaroneck since the 1790s, is owned by the Rye Neck School District, which no longer has a use for it and, to save money, plans to demolish it.
The Rye Neck Board of Education meets Wednesday night. The farm house is not on the agenda.
Concerned Citizens for the Gedney Farm House has suggested a number of plans to spare the building. None has stuck. On Tuesday, Carol Akin, one of the organization’s leaders, circulated an email with another proposal, this claiming Mamaroneck resident with considerable resources had offered to move the building to his property.
A short time later, Akin sent another email saying that the proposal had changed and that a new one would soon be issued. By 5:15 p.m., that had not yet happened.
The farm house, at 734 E. Boston Post Road, has all the years to make it literally, but not officially, historic. It is not on the national register of historic places.
In one of her emails, Akin said the district had changed the terms by which it would allow the house to be moved. No longer would the building be free for the taking; it would have to go to bid. Whoever bought it would have to pay $2,500 a month in maintenance fees beginning Jan. 1 until the house is off the property.
Rye Neck School District Superintendent Peter Mustich said he hadn’t seen any recent proposals by the group. He said the maintenance fee is not a surprise. As for the fact that the house is no longer free for the taking, he acknowledged the change and said the district had learned it wasn’t allowed to give away the building.
While the district has not yet set a timetable for demolishing the building, Mustich said it will happen soon.
“We’ve given these people since September or October to do something,” he said of the Concerned Citizens. “We’ve only heard, ‘We’re going to do something.’”
He said group’s members are not being “realistic” about the work, permits and costs that moving the house would require.
“It’s a nice thought, but it’s much more complicated,” he said.