Demolition of historic Greenville home now on hold, J.W. Higgs House up for sale

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Preservationists have one year to sell a historical landmark as Greenville puts its demolition order on hold.

The J. W. Higgs House on Dickinson Avenue is now on the market for $149,900.

Greenville City Council earlier this year voted to have the 4,811 square foot Queen Anne Revival home bulldozed because it is viewed as a potential health hazard by some city officials, who say squatters have been setting fires inside the home.

But the city’s Historical Preservation Commission last month voted for a 365-day delay on the demolition.

Preservation North Carolina now has the circa 1905 landmark up for sale. The listing says buyers “will need to work collaboratively with Preservation North Carolina, the City of Greenville staff, and the Historic Preservation Commission on restoration to ensure significant progress is made before the demolition delay deadline.”

The city has estimated it will cost over $300,000 to repair the home.

Preservation North Carolina says the home will need a new roof, replacement of systems, and restoration of important architectural features. It says local landmark designation provides for a 50% property tax deferral with required yearly application process.