VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach city leaders are trying to figure out what to do with the Whitehurst-Buffington house, an old farmhouse built in the late 1700's.
The Whitehurst-Buffington house sits near the municipal center in Virginia Beach near the entrance to the West Neck Creek Park. Some say the home is small by today's standards, but the house has character, charm, and a substantial amount of land around it.
The city acquired the property in the 1980's, but now city leaders are trying to figure out what to do with it.
Peter Mooz, a former museum director came up with a unique plan.
"We want to make it into a center for nature and the study of flora and fauna, the study of birds," said Mooz.
He contends the Virginia Museum of Natural History at Martinsville has expressed an interest in partnering with the foundation for such a nature center.
In February, the city issued a request for proposals for the boarded up home.
"We're looking at a broad spectrum of proposals: light commercial, residential or cultural/non-profit as potential uses in the RFP and it could also be sale or lease," said Mark Reed with the Virginia Beach Museum Department.
Any proposals must include a historic preservation plan. The deadline for submitting proposals is April 5.
Click here for more information on how to submit a proposal. You can also e-mail PM23451@aol.com
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