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Lubbock landmark to receive $750,000 makeover

The Landwer-Manicapelli home. The Landwer-Manicapelli home.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A Lubbock landmark is about to receive a $750,000 remodel.

The Landwer-Manicapelli home sits in Buddy Holly Park, off of north University. It's been there for nearly 80 years.

The city bought the residence back in 1980 and turned into an event space, but since then, it's fallen into disrepair and is now closed.

Last year, the city council approved plans to renovate the home and now, they're putting the project out to bid.

City officials said about four years ago the roof actually collapsed on the people renting the event house. At that point, city officials closed the home and boarded up all of the windows.

Now, the city wants to remodel the home so it can once again be used by the community

The Landwer-Manicapelli was originally built for the Landwer family back in 1936. Mr. Landwer taught at Texas Tech and his wife taught at Lubbock High School.

They eventually sold the home to the Manicapellis who sold the residence to the City of Lubbock in 1980. It was renovated into a party home and designated as a historical landmark in 1982.

The Lubbock City Council has approved a $750,000 remodel, but who is picking up the tab?

"It's taxpayer dollars," said Wes Everett, Director of Facility Management for the City of Lubbock.

So what would the city say to people who believe that amount of money should have been sent elsewhere?

"What I would say is there are very few properties that we have been able to keep and acquire that do retain the historical significance of the area and this is one of those facilities," Everett said.

He said he hopes the remodel will cost less than the budget approved, but said the money is needed to pay for "ADA compliant, all new electrical, all new plumbing, all new HVAC, landscaping," he said.

A particular area of concern is that this property actually sits in the middle of a floodplain and it is only steps away from a body of water.

Everett requested a variance so they would not have to lift the house, or move it off the current site, something Everett said would likely result in the loss of the structure's historical status.

"Even with the rains and being right by the waterway, right next to it, I've never known it to flood internally. Water has come to the building, but it hasn't flooded inside," Everett said.

Everett said if everything goes smoothly, they should be able to set up a construction start date in six weeks.

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