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The oldest house in Zachary gets restored

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POSTED: Monday, August 19, 2013 - 5:30pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 10:11am

The oldest house in Zachary will be shining a new light. A nearly $137,000 grant was given by the state, and the mayor doesn't want it to go to waste.

It's the oldest home in Zachary more than 200 years old. A house on the edge of town that was built more than 70 years before the city's first post office even existed. It's the Annison house.

David Amrhein, the mayor of Zachary, said it is about time something is done with the $137,000 the state granted Zachary in 2008. So that money will be put toward the Annison Plantation.

"I'd like to see something done with it. If we can afford to keep it, don't know, that will be determined. We found out that with state budget cuts and everything else, if we gave that money back there were odds they couldn't guarantee to get it back," Amrhein said. "So we decided to keep it with the Annison house and see where that takes us."

Amrhein said he put together a committee to look into restoring not just the Annison house, but all eight of the historical buildings in Zachary.

"You can't fund them all. My goal is the best and having eight you can't have the best, and you're going to piece-meal all eight of them together. That's not what I want to do," Amrhein said. "We got a bid before we shut the project down about $120,000 to add a handicap ramp and a bathroom."

Kimberly McDowell's lived in Zachary for ten years. McDowell said she passes by the Annison house every day. She thinks it's great that the city's going to attempt to restore the more than 200-year-old building.

"I think it's a wonderful idea, especially if it will make the facility more accessible for wheelchair ramps and things like that, and restoration of our history is always a great thing," McDowell said. "So I think it will be a great thing. It will draw more tourists and that would be wonderful for Zachary."

The Annision house has been used seven times since 2010. The mayor said the committee will decide on what it will do with the eight buildings, and then bring their decision to the council to make the final decision.   

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The Mayor was not honest. If the Annison family had not challenged him - he planned to divert funds and have the home bulldozed and selling the property. He was abated when learning the funds would be lost if not used on the designated project

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