Work on the late-1800s Frankie House was given a boost this week, with the help of AmeriCorps NCCC and an Eagle Scout project.
Stationed in Vinton, Iowa, 18 members of AmeriCorps worked on window restoration and painting inside the house at 1425 Fifth Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids.
The young adults hail from across the country and work on a variety of service projects during their time with AmeriCorps.
Meanwhile, Kennedy High School sophomore Alex Jackson brought in a crew of volunteers to paint inside the Frankie House for his Eagle Scout project.
Both groups have helped expedite the final stages of interior rehabilitation of the house, which Save CR Heritage moved from Third Avenue SE in September 2015, to save it from demolition.
The home, which is in the city’s ROOTS program, will be put on the market in the near future. Homeowners who qualify are eligible for down-payment assistance of up to 25 percent of the home’s cost. For the Frankie House, that means $25,000 of the $100,000 purchase price.
To be eligible, buyers must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income limits. A single person can earn up to $43,750, for example, and a family of three can earn $56,250. See more at: ROOTS.
Because the house is considered historic, the new owners also will receive a 7-year tax abatement, with no tax on the increase in value for the first four years.
Anyone interested in donating to the project will not only play an important role in saving this piece of Cedar Rapids history, but will be contributing to the educational and advocacy work of Save CR Heritage. Donate here.
Learn more about the Frankie House and see more images from the work days, below: