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Macon leaders looking for help moving Ole Douglass Mansion

Macon leaders are looking for money and help so they can move the Ole Douglass Mansion.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -- Macon leaders are working hard to save the Ole Douglass Mansion from being demolished, but they need money to do it.

The home, located right next to the recently leveled Tremont Temple, is up for sale. The owner of the property plans to buy it, and if he can find people to move it, Lou Patel tells 41NBC he'll donate the home, and throw in $20,000 to help it get moved.

Patel's offer could essentially save the historic home. That's where the backers come in.

At a news conference Thursday, State Representative James Beverly announced he's been working to put community players in place to do just that.

Mayor Robert Reichert issued a challenge a couple of weeks ago, saying if people come forth and find a way to relocate it, the county will move its small business office into the mansion, and pay rent.

So far, Beverly says Mercer has expressed interest in the building as well as Historic Macon.

"We probably have three different ways in which we're going to utilize the house and we've got to enough space to do it. We've just got to make sure that the purpose is right and that it gels together. Right now, we're in good shape," said Beverly.

The *new hope for the Ole Douglass Mansion brought a smile to Charles Douglass' granddaughter, Camellias Simmons, who was at the news conference.

"This is just perfect so I thank you, and I'm very excited and I look forward to doing whatever I can to be a part of it," said Simmons.

Beverly also added, they've still got to find a new location for the building. When all is said and done, between renovations and moving it, the price tag could be about $300,000.

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