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story.lead_photo.caption With the use of a tractor and skidsteer, the Jonassen Structural Movers trio team moves the Habitat for Humanity House originally at 409 Stadium Blvd. closer to Jackson Street, where it will be officially relocated Thursday. Photo by Greta Cross / News Tribune.

Following the May 22, 2019, tornado that struck Jefferson City, the local school district bought a swath of homes the storm damaged.

The Jefferson City School District will use the property for planned expansion of the campus around Jefferson City High School.

It purchased about 34 properties and began demolition.

However, one house remained standing in the midst of cleared land alongside Stadium Boulevard.

That home, at 409 Stadium Blvd., was built a few years ago as a Habitat for Humanity home. And, community activists just couldn't stand by and watch as it was dozed.

The school district agreed and sold the house back to River City Habitat for Humanity.

The home is tentatively to be moved Thursday to a lot on Jackson Street.

Crews were on site Monday, preparing it for the move.

The home is to be considered one of the homes Habitat for Humanity is building through its "Road to Recovery" program, said Tom Carr, a volunteer with the organization.

Within the program, the nonprofit is building several more homes this year than the four or five it normally does. The effort is intended to help overcome a housing shortage the tornado exacerbated.

"The house is going to be fine," Carr said. "It's going to be a really nice house for somebody."

Habitat for Humanity has approached the previous owner to see if she'd be willing to buy it again, but as of Monday, she hadn't decided.

"We don't have a family for it yet," Carr said. "We're actively taking applications for it."

The move will cost Habitat for Humanity about $20,000, Carr said.

Some of the cost is being offset by volunteer efforts and utility companies working with the organization to make the move.

Once moved, the house will be left 3 feet above the top of a future foundation.

Carr said it's easier for the moving company to set the house in place before the foundation is in. He also said the house will be lower on the trailer, so utility companies don't have to raise power lines too high.

Crews planned to work late Monday to get the home across a dirt lot before heavy rains hit today.

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