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An old home in Centerville is moving to Warner Robins

Jesse Baker, left and Brandon Whited, right, hammer on a ceiling rafter while helping break down the roof of a house on Elberta Road Monday afternoon. The house, which is one of the oldest in Warner Robins, will be moved Sunday to the new Wellston Park and converted into an office and public meeting space.
Jesse Baker, left and Brandon Whited, right, hammer on a ceiling rafter while helping break down the roof of a house on Elberta Road Monday afternoon. The house, which is one of the oldest in Warner Robins, will be moved Sunday to the new Wellston Park and converted into an office and public meeting space. jvorhees@macon.com

One of the oldest homes in Centerville is about to be relocated to Warner Robins.

The home, believed to have been built about 1925, is currently on Elberta Road next to Cherished Children Too day care. On Sunday, it will be moved to the new Wellston Park under construction. The 2,000 square foot home will serve as an office and public meeting space for the park.

The roof had to be removed because the house was too tall for the move, said Jim Taylor, who has been organizing volunteers working on the new park. With all of the in-kind services donated, he said the cost of moving the house, including the new foundation, renovation and a new roof, will be $36,000.

Taylor said the house move is a big step toward getting the park open, which he expects to happen in early spring.

“I think the house being moved is going to create even more support for the park,” Taylor said. “It’s definitely going to be a sign of progress toward having the city’s first large passive park.”

Volunteers worked on the house over the summer getting it ready for the move. On Saturday, Upshaw General Contracting and Roofing donated workers to remove the shingles and decking on the roof. On Monday, a construction crew donated by Burpee Scott Memorial Chapel Funeral Home removed the rafters and put a tarp over the home.

Taylor said Fish Brothers House Movers in Cochran will move the house from 7-9 a.m. Sunday. The house will go left on Elberta to Carl Vinson Parkway, then left on Carl Vinson to Watson Boulevard, and left on Watson to Olympia Drive, where the park is located.

Taylor said the time was chosen because that’s the time when traffic is lightest.

The house has been dubbed Coleman Cottage after Jean Coleman, who founded Cherished Children Too 50 years ago to serve low-income families, Taylor said. Cherished Children Too donated the house to the park and plans to expand its day care operation there once the house is moved.

The Warner Robins City Council approved $100,000 for the development of the park, most of which is for material, Taylor said. Most of the work has been donated by volunteers through Wellston Trees and Greens, a community organization that promotes development of parks in the city.

An earlier version of this story misstated the city in which the house is located. The house is in Centerville.

Wayne Crenshaw: 478-256-9725, @WayneCrenshaw1

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