Kent Sherman House move rescheduled for Sept. 21

By Kyle McDonald | Staff Writer Published:

A relocation of the Kent Wells Sherman House from its temporary College Avenue site to a permanent location on North Water Street is set for 7 a.m. Sept. 21.

A previous moving date for the historic Kent house was planned for Aug. 24, but an issue with utilities at the its future 247 N. Water St. caused a delay.

The house will be moved north on DePeyester Street across Haymaker Parkway, west on East Erie Street to South Water Street, north on Water Street crossing Main Street and finish at 247 N. Water St.

Temporary road closures will be in effect while the house is moved, an effort expected to take about 45 minutes. Traffic signals at the intersections of Haymaker Parkway and DePeyster Street as well as Main and Water streets will be temporarily removed to allow the house to pass.

Roger Thurman,vice-chair of Kent Wells Sherman House, Inc., said though the move to North Water Street may be quick, he expects positioning of the house on the site to last much longer.

"Once they get down there, getting it onto to the lot, across the sidewalk and excavation, that's going to take time," he said. "That will be an all day thing. I would be surprised if they were done by noon."

The Kent Wells Sherman House has sat at its temporary College Avenue location for more than a year. It was slated for demolition by Kent State University to make way for its Esplanade extension project. In April 2012, a group of local historic preservationists banded together to form the Kent Wells Sherman House, Inc. organization, with the intent to save the 1858 Greek Revival-style structure that has ties to Kent patriarch Zenas Kent and Civil War-era surgeon Dr. Aaron Sherman.

The house's move was also on hold for the past eight months because of a lawsuit launched by a group of residents opposed to losing the former grassy lot on which the Sherman House will be moved. The case concluded in July, with a ruling by a Portage County Common Pleas magistrate that found the opposing group had no legitimate claim to the property.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1127 or kmcdonald@recordpub.com

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