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story.lead_photo.caption This May 23, 2016 photo shows the house at 103 Jackson Street in Jefferson City. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

One of Jefferson City's oldest homes will soon be redeveloped and brought back to its original glory.

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Amanda and Levi Burke Williams purchased 103 Jackson St. — known as the Standish House — from the Jefferson City Housing Authority, according to a Friday news release from the Jefferson City Housing Authority.

The Williams have 18 months to complete the renovations and plan to convert it back to a single-family home.

Amanda Burke Williams works for the State Historic Preservation Office, the news release notes.

"We are excited to have a family willing to renovate the building and make it their home," Housing Authority Executive Director Cynthia Quetsch said in the news release. "Amanda's background in historic preservation and their proposal shows a commitment to restoring some of the original features to the house.

"This is the first step in eliminating the blight on Jackson Street and upgrading the neighborhood."

The couple bought the home for $32,000, Amanda Burke Williams told the News Tribune. In early 2018, court-appointed commissioners appraised the property at $55,000.

The Standish House was the second property in the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Zone to go up for redevelopment proposals. The Housing Authority sold 608 E. State St. to Dustin Long, of Long Last Remodeling, last fall.

Previous owners Stephen and Cheryl Bratten voluntarily gave 103 Jackson St. to the Housing Authority in early 2018.

The property was one of three listed in a civil lawsuit filed by the Housing Authority in 2017. The other properties were 101 and 105 Jackson St., previously owned by Barbara Buescher.

The Housing Authority is currently seeking redevelopment proposals for 101 and 105 Jackson St.

The Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority is also seeking redevelopment proposals for the vacant lot at 514 E. State St. Those proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. May 15. Redevelopers can submit proposals at 1040 Myrtle Ave.

Redevelopment proposal requirements are listed online at jchamo.org/resident_information/index.php.

The Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority will review the proposals May 21.

The Land Clearance Redevelopment Authority hopes to seek redevelopment proposals for other properties later this year, according to the news release.

In a 2018 civil suit, the Housing Authority is seeking to acquire seven additional Buescher properties — 500, 501, 507, 511 and 513 E. Capitol Ave., along with 504 E. State St. and 115 Jackson St.

The Jefferson City Council approved the urban renewal zone in 2016 after a study found the area was blighted due to deteriorating conditions of several 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.

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