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'Smooth' Relocation of Historic Home on Laurel Hill Wednesday

The old home was put on a truck and moved down the road.

Larry Hoyt and his sister Anne Hoyt Hepner point out their former bedrooms in their former home as it is moved along Laurel Hill Road Wednesday. Photo Credit: Jay Purcell
Larry Hoyt and his sister Anne Hoyt Hepner point out their former bedrooms in their former home as it is moved along Laurel Hill Road Wednesday. Photo Credit: Jay Purcell
Traffic was shut down on a section of Laurel Hill Road Wednesday while crews moved a historic home down the street to make way for a new condominium complex.

The house, built in 1811, was moved up the road and left on cribbing overnight, to be set on the new foundation at its home Thursday morning.

“Overall, a very smooth operation,” Brookfield police Maj. James Purcell said Wednesday, with only a few branches needing to be trimmed and some soft earth to tamp down near the end of the move.

With this historic buildings moved off the property at 64 Laurel Hill Road, developers Dakota Partners can begin work on their three-building, 72-unit complex on the edge of Brookfield’s Town Center District.

A portion of Laurel Hill Road from Station Road south to Federal Road will remain closed through Thursday afternoon, according to Purcell, as there are still some steel beams extending into the roadway that could be hazardous to drivers.

Aaron Boyd July 16, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Laurel Hill Road has not yet reopened and will be closed for most of Thursday. The post has been updated.

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