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MASON CITY — Developer Jeff Tierney said renovation work is progressing on a fire-damaged home on River Heights Drive that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tierney said his intention is to fix up the home, known locally as the Yelland House, and then sell it.

“Anyone interested in buying it can give me a call,” he said.

Last year, the house was targeted for demolition before Tierney stepped forward in December with an offer to purchase it.

The home, at 37 River Heights Drive, was designed in 1910 by William Drummond, an architect who worked for Frank Lloyd Wright before setting out on his own.

Originally owned by the Yelland family, the house was purchased in 2004 by John Westfall, a Portland, Ore., architect who recognized its historical value.

The home was heavily damaged in a fire on Dec. 8, 2008. While Westfall and some friends tried to raise funds to restore it, neighbors complained about the boarded-up windows and debris in the yard.

The city sent two notices, one in April and one in September, for the owners to repair the house or face the possibility of demolition.

Chief Building Official Chuck McGreevey said at the time he understood the owner’s desire to raise money to fix up the house. But he said the city had a responsibility to respond to neighbors complaining about the condition of the place.

McGreevey said Friday he’s glad the issue has been resolved.

“Jeff has purchased the home, obtained the building permit and is rehabilitating the home,” he said.

“I was glad Jeff stepped forward to fix it up. He does a pretty good job in renovating homes he purchases.”


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