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Housing Authority seeks redevelopment proposals for Parsons House

Housing Authority seeks redevelopment proposals for Parsons House

January 18th, 2019 by Nicole Roberts in News

The Jefferson City Housing Authority is seeking proposals for redevelopment for 105 Jackson St., also known as the Parsons House.

Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.

After the Jefferson City Housing Authority took possession of two of Barbara Buescher's residences last month, it is now seeking redevelopment proposals for one of those properties.

Acting as the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority, the Housing Authority is seeking proposals for redevelopment of 105 Jackson St. — known as the Parsons House, one of the oldest homes in Jefferson City.

"When we first started the redevelopment process, this home was the public favorite for redevelopment," Housing Authority Executive Director Cynthia Quetsch said in a Thursday news release. "We anticipate interest from many people who are involved in restoring old homes."

The Housing Authority will accept proposals until 4:30 p.m. March 1. Redevelopers can submit proposals to the Housing Authority at 1040 Myrtle Ave.

The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority will review the proposals during a closed session at 7:30 a.m. March 19.

Renovations must begin within four months of the award, with completion within 18 months. The building must be used as residential or commercial, with occupancy within three months of completion of construction.

An open house of the building is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25.

Proposal requirements are located at

The Parsons House was previously listed on historic preservation nonprofit Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation's Places in Peril list in 2016 but was then added to the organization's watch list in 2017. The East Capitol Avenue Historic District was then added to the 2018 Places in Peril list.

The Jefferson City Council approved the urban renewal zone in 2016 after a study determined the area was blighted due to deteriorating conditions of multiple properties. The zone is bordered by East State, Lafayette, East High — including some parcels on the south side of East High Street — and Adams streets.

The Housing Authority filed a civil suit in August 2017 against Buescher for 101 and 105 Jackson St. Last month, Cole County Judge Dan Green signed orders to allow the Housing Authority to take possession of both properties.

That civil suit was also against Stephen and Cheryl Bratten for 103 Jackson St. The Brattens voluntarily gave the Housing Authority the property last year.

The Housing Authority is accepting requests for redevelopment for 103 Jackson St., known as the Standish House. Proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8, and the authority will review them during a closed meeting Feb. 19.

In November, the Housing Authority agreed to sell 608 E. State St. to Dustin Long, of Long Last Remodeling, so he could redevelop it.

In a separate civil suit filed in August 2018, the Housing Authority seeks to acquire seven additional Buescher properties that fall within the urban renewal zone — 500, 501, 507, 511 and 513 E. Capitol Ave., along with 504 E. State St. and 115 Jackson St.

A bench trial in that case is slated for Feb. 11.