Tom Amatangelo, a home builder, estimates that by mid-June, the home should be set on the site. The home move began about a month ago.

Tom Amatangelo, a home builder, estimates that by mid-June, the home should be set on the site. The home move began about a month ago.

Photo by Alex Szwarc


Macomb Township home relocates down the road

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 10, 2021

 Inch by inch, this 2,700 square foot home made its way a couple hundred feet west on the south side of 23 Mile Road, between Fairchild Road and North Avenue. The home had to be relocated to make way for a development.

Inch by inch, this 2,700 square foot home made its way a couple hundred feet west on the south side of 23 Mile Road, between Fairchild Road and North Avenue. The home had to be relocated to make way for a development.

Photo by Alex Szwarc

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It was moving day.

Not for a family, but for a house.

Inch by inch, the home made its way, a couple hundred feet west on the south side of 23 Mile Road.  

The week of May 17, a roughly 2,700 square foot home on the southside of 23 Mile Road, between Fairchild Road and North Avenue, began the move. By that point, it had been lifted off the foundation.

“It’s probably going to be once in a lifetime to move a house like this,” Tom Amatangelo, a home builder who lives next door to where the house was once located, said. “I split it off and have a couple of lots next to it.”

It was moved a couple of hundred feet to the west and is owned by Concorde Development, who plans on building new condominiums in the area. Greg Iacobelli is the developer.  

“They are bringing a development in, so we had to tear the house down and get it out of the way,” Amatengelo said. “This is the first time I’m doing this.”

In order to move the home, Amatangelo explained that bricks had to come off the exterior, appliances like the air conditioner and utility services had to be disconnected, then the foundation had to be broken up.  

“The beams have to slide in the holes you made of the foundation,” he said. “You slide them under the joist.”

Amatangelo said the prep work of securing the beams took a while, and brick removal took about three days. Work on the site began April 5.

The home was built in the early 1990s and was last occupied in early April. Folks had been renting it from the developer.

Amatangelo said it wasn’t originally the plan to relocate the home.

“It came up that they would have to demolish it because it wasn’t located in a conducive spot for the new street,” he said. “I figure, you have a house that is going to be thrown in the dumpster, or reused. Why do that if it’s not necessary?”

Once the home is in place, complete with a basement, it will be remodeled and sold.

Prior to being raised, the front of the home faced east on 23 Mile Road.

“We’re going to move it in the yard, dig the basement and pull the house over the open hole,” Amatangelo said.

He said it typically costs between $35,000 and $50,000 to move a home.

Fred Christian, owner of C-A House Movers in Berville, has been in the business for 50 years and was tasked with moving the home.

“We’re sliding the house to get it off this property and on Tom’s property,” he said. “Then he’ll dig the basement. Once the footings are in, we’ll turn it around and go sideways. We’ll slide it over the hole.”

Christian said the home has lots of curves, and the floor has different levels and beams.

“It’s not built like a normal square house,” he said. “You have a lot of measuring and keep moving beams around. There’s 20 tons of steel.”

It should take two weeks for the basement blocks. The home should be set on the site by mid-June.

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