Home of their own

The coming U.S. 31 bypass is giving one family a new home.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 20, 2012

 

A house on Lincoln Street was moved down the road to 120th Avenue on Wednesday.

The house is one of several that are scheduled to be relocated or demolished to make room for the M-231 highway project that will connect M-45 in Robinson Township with the M-104/I-96 interchange near Nunica.

Brandon and Courtney Heyboer, who now live in the Grand Rapids suburb of Wyoming, are purchasing the house at a reduced cost from Schippers Excavating Inc. Courtney works for the West Olive excavation company.

Courtney said they’ve spent the past year looking for homes big enough for the couple and their five sons. She said her boss was generous for allowing them to purchase the house.

“It’s truly amazing how it came about,” Courtney said.

Trevor Moelker, project manager for Schippers Excavating, said the company was a successful bidder for the properties in a Michigan Department of Transportation auction.

Moelker said he was happy to see the house moved and reused.

“It would have been a shame to demolish that house and send it to a landfill,” he said.

Before the 2,800-square-foot, two-story house and attached garage could be moved, crews had to trim branches and remove power lines crossing Lincoln Street.

Brandon Heyboer said it was both nerve-racking and exciting to watch as the four-bedroom, three-bath house rolled down the road.

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