A man with a passion for cleaning out old houses is getting an unexpected visit from a mysterious stranger…
The city of Knoxville, Tennessee is having a big year, and this man is a pioneer.
Knoxville’s city council passed a resolution Monday night asking the city to hire an architect to create a replica of the old home where it was once built, but the council also voted to allow him to work on a new one as long as it’s a public building.
The project will cost more than $100,000, with the contractor to come up with $75,000.
It is expected to take a year and cost around $50,000 to complete.
Mayor Tom Smith said the project will also help the city become more environmentally friendly and the man’s dedication to cleaning out his neighborhood.
“He’s the type of guy who’s been in this business for 30 years and has built a great reputation,” Smith said.
“He’s a gentleman.
He’s a good man.”
The city has also been using his old house as a temporary headquarters for a new nonprofit called Knoxville Landmarks and Restoration.
The organization is looking for volunteers to help clean out the old building.
“Knox’s a great city and a great place to live and work and raise a family,” said Linda Davis, a volunteer for Knoxland Landmarks.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for the city.”
Davis is an attorney who works on behalf of the nonprofit and said she is thrilled to be part of the effort.
“I’m just thrilled to have this opportunity,” she said.
“It’s a real honor to be a part of this project, which I’ve been a part on a few occasions and will continue to be for a long time,” said Kevin Sussman, the group’s director of development.
The Knoxville group hopes to use the project to help preserve the buildings that were once used for weddings, bar mitzvahs, family gatherings, and other events.