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County awards $50,000 grant to Immigrant House

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a $50,000 grant this week that would help pay for the relocation and renovation of the Immigrant House, a historic building in Mountain View.

The board voted unanimously at the March 22 meeting to award the Historical Heritage Grant to the city of Mountain View in order to preserve one of the city's oldest buildings. The small, 300-square-foot building was constructed in 1888, and used to serve as a home for migrant workers.

"There's a history here we would do well to remember and learn from," County Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement. "It's just so important that we protect these pieces of our history for future generations."

Plans are underway to renovate and move the building to a new park at 771 N. Rengstorff Avenue, the site of the former Stieper property. The grant will be used to pay for window replacement, woodwork repair, painting and wallpaper. The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $180,000, according to a county report.

The new funding marks the latest milestone in an ongoing effort to save the Immigrant House, which was uprooted from its original location on Bryant Road to make way for new development. Late last year, the Mountain View City Council unanimously agreed to grant formal historic status to the building, a designation that makes it easier to win grant money to repair and maintain the structure.

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Work on the Immigrant House using grant money must be completed within the next 36 months, according to the grant funding agreement.

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Kevin Forestieri
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County awards $50,000 grant to Immigrant House

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Uploaded: Fri, Mar 25, 2016, 11:59 am

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a $50,000 grant this week that would help pay for the relocation and renovation of the Immigrant House, a historic building in Mountain View.

The board voted unanimously at the March 22 meeting to award the Historical Heritage Grant to the city of Mountain View in order to preserve one of the city's oldest buildings. The small, 300-square-foot building was constructed in 1888, and used to serve as a home for migrant workers.

"There's a history here we would do well to remember and learn from," County Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement. "It's just so important that we protect these pieces of our history for future generations."

Plans are underway to renovate and move the building to a new park at 771 N. Rengstorff Avenue, the site of the former Stieper property. The grant will be used to pay for window replacement, woodwork repair, painting and wallpaper. The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $180,000, according to a county report.

The new funding marks the latest milestone in an ongoing effort to save the Immigrant House, which was uprooted from its original location on Bryant Road to make way for new development. Late last year, the Mountain View City Council unanimously agreed to grant formal historic status to the building, a designation that makes it easier to win grant money to repair and maintain the structure.

Work on the Immigrant House using grant money must be completed within the next 36 months, according to the grant funding agreement.

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