Plan for moving homes to Lincoln Avenue lot gets city OK

Local businessmen Garrett Denny, left, and Vince Fornara, right, of Vibrant Building Solutions are working to renovate a 1940s-era Lincoln Avenue home. They plan to move five existing buildings to create an in-fill residential project. (Cindy Barks/Courier).

Local businessmen Garrett Denny, left, and Vince Fornara, right, of Vibrant Building Solutions are working to renovate a 1940s-era Lincoln Avenue home. They plan to move five existing buildings to create an in-fill residential project. (Cindy Barks/Courier).

A residential project that will combine recycled buildings with an existing rehabbed house got approval from the Prescott City Council this week.

In all, the Lincoln Springs project at 578 Lincoln Avenue will feature six single-family homes, including five buildings that will be moved in from other locations and rehabilitated at the site, and a 1940s-era house that is already located on the lot.

Applicant Vince Fornara of Vibrant Building Solutions, LLC, told the council Tuesday, Jan. 23, that the process of moving and rehabbing old, displaced buildings provides for an affordable housing option.

Fornara and his business partner Garrett Denny have recycled a number of other homes in the area, Fornara told the council, and “All are literally rented before they’re finished.”

Work has already started on the renovations to the existing house at the Lincoln Avenue site, Fornara said, and the other buildings are expected to be moved in soon. Several are modular buildings that are no longer needed at the Del Rio Elementary School in Chino Valley, he said.

The Lincoln Springs site is located east of Miller Valley Road and south of West Hillside Avenue, and consists of two lots, to be combined, creating one 24,829-square-foot hot. Each of the homes will be single-family two-bedroom units.

Council members voiced support for the project, which they said would help to fill in a vacant area in one of the city’s older neighborhoods, along with providing needed housing close to the downtown area.

“It is accomplishing several great objectives,” Mayor Greg Mengarelli said.

The council unanimously approved the project’s site plan and water-service agreement for the project.