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Deadline placed on plan to save Callis House

The wheels are turning slowly for saving the old L.M. Callis house on Mathews Main Street, but Tim Hill, leader of the informal group working on the project, is hopeful that it will happen.

The house belongs to the Bay School Community Arts Center, which doesn’t want it and plans to raze it unless Hill’s group buys it for $1 and can find a way to move it.

Hill had hoped to have a couple of years to pursue funding to purchase a site for the house and to pay for permits, a foundation and moving costs, but that plan fell through last week when he received a letter from the Bay School’s attorney giving him just four months to accomplish his goal. He said he’s going to do his best to comply with the school’s timeline.

A lot nearby has been identified as a possible site for the house, said Hill, and he’s hoping to work out something with the owner. He said that supporters have already committed $20,000 to help pay for the move, and that, additionally, a...

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