FREEBIE – A FREE House from Princeton University (Yep, you read it correctly)!
Here’s a freebie you don’t see everyday! According to ABC News, Princeton University is giving away FREE houses but with the stipulation that you need to haul it away! Yep, that’s right! If you’ve got access to a house-sized dolly system or structure-lifting contractor, you could possibility score a FREE house. The houses are on Alexander Street near the Princeton University campus and are available to the public for FREE in “as-is condition.” If not taken, these houses will face demolition to make way for a new train station, retail ventures, public spaces and buildings for the arts. If interested, you’ll need to be quick because the houses must to be moved by the end of April.
Below are the details from the ABC News post:
Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., is giving away free houses. What’s the catch? If you become a homeowner, it’s up to you to haul the house away.
The houses are on Alexander Street, south of the campus, and are available to the public for free in “as-is condition,” Martin Mbugua, a university spokesperson, told ABCNews.com. The buildings have been used in the past as university offices or for other purposes, but they will soon face demolition to make way for future university construction. Anyone can contact Princeton for a free home, but the houses cannot remain on Alexander Street.
The area is going to be the site for a new development on campus, the Art and Transit project. It will include a new train station and retail ventures, as well as public spaces and buildings for the arts. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013.
Mbugua said that the houses are not in move-in condition, and some have gone through significant changes “mostly in the interior, due to remediation work in preparation for the project.”
There is no specific deadline for taking up Princeton’s offer. But those who want a free house must apply as soon as possible, before work on the project commences, and the houses need to be moved by the end of April. According to Mbugua, there have been many interested candidates, but no one has actually offered to move a house off the University property yet.
Interested people with access to a house-sized dolly system or structure-lifting contractor can contact the Princeton University Office of Community and Regional Affairs at 609-258-3204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For now, the houses sit empty, each marked with a red and white X. That’s a signal to the local fire department: If the house burns, don’t take any risks to put it out.