Waco: Landmark Mansion's Future Uncertain

WACO (August 16, 2013)—Waco’s landmark Cottonland Castle at 33rd Street and Austin Avenue is vacant and in disrepair, but a projective buyer says he would like to restore it.

The 120-year-old home has deteriorated so much in recent years that neighbors are complaining to the city that it’s unsightly and unsanitary conditions.

Linda Baker says she started putting out signs to protest the condition of the home,

“It’s going to fall down if something is not done soon,” she said.

City of Waco Code Enforcement Inspector Chris Randazzo said he has sent letters to the owners to clean the place up.

“You see the fallen brush and the high grass, neighbors have been really upset and would kind of like to see some action,” he said.

The inside of the house is in shambles and prospective buyer Dan Davis says it would take hundreds of thousands of dollars to restore it.

The house, on which work began in 1890 when the cotton economy was flourishing, was sold unfinished to a cotton broker in 1906 and wasn’t fully completed until 1913.

It became the focal point for Waco’s Castle Heights neighborhood.

“I don't think anybody wants to see it destroyed or harmed in any way we would just like to see it fixed up and taken care of,” Randazzo said.

The owner of the property reported to News 10 that development on the property had been delayed due to an ongoing legal battle, and that every effort is made to ensure the property is well-maintained.

The owner has a court date planned for next month to resolve the legal issue.

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