WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Public Utility District plans to buy the land where the historic Horan House once stood, to make way for its planned new Olds Station headquarters.
The owning Tontini Family Trust will receive $854,211 if commissioners approve the sale at Monday's meeting, settling the fate of the two-acre Wenatchee property where the Horan House stood for 120 years before its demolition last May.
Nevio Tontini bought the parcel and building in 2006 for $328,000, and it was appraised at $401,000 by Chelan County assessors before the house demolition. Plans to redevelop the old house into a commercial property never came to fruition. It was built by Michael Horan in 1899 as a family home and served in the 1980s to 1990s as a bar and restaurant, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The PUD plans to move out of its longtime downtown Wenatchee headquarters in favor of a new, centralized operations building in Olds Station, and has purchased adjacent lots from the Port of Chelan County.