After failing to sell for $1, the city of Novi is proceeding with plans to demolish the BeGole House on Grand River Avenue. The sale would have required the purchaser to relocate the house.

After failing to sell for $1, the city of Novi is proceeding with plans to demolish the BeGole House on Grand River Avenue. The sale would have required the purchaser to relocate the house.

Photo by Brian Wells


BeGole house in Novi fails to sell for $1, will be demolished

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published November 12, 2021

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NOVI — A historic Novi home is slated to be demolished in the near future after failing to sell for $1.

In September, the city of Novi listed the BeGole house on Grand River Avenue for $1, with the stipulation that the buyer would have to relocate the house so the city can complete a road project.

The deadline to relocate the home was Oct. 31, or the city would demolish it.

“As of Nov. 1, we did not receive any offers on the home,” said Novi Assistant City Manager Victor Cardenas. “So we are now going through the process of working through the purchase agreement that allows the BeGole family to access the home and remove any other items that they wanted.”

Once the process is completed, the home will be demolished. The city currently doesn’t have a timeline or an estimate of the cost of demolition, though Cardenas said it will be in the near future.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s been decades since any kind of maintenance has happened to the house,” Cardenas said.

A party interested in purchasing the house estimated that it could only be moved within a 5-mile radius without any kind of complications.

“Once you put that into play, in addition to spending the necessary resources of bringing it up to suitable standards to live in, (it was a) tough project,” Cardenas said.

According to the original post on the city’s Facebook page, the home is not habitable and would require repairs and alterations once relocated. The home belonged to former Novi Police Chief Lee BeGole, who died in March 2020. He was 99.

Previously, residents hoped the house could be turned into a historical museum. Novi Historical Commission chairperson Kathy Crawford told the Novi Note via email in September that the costs of converting the home into a museum would be prohibitive.

A request for updated comment by the commission wasn’t returned.

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