The Grosse Pointe Park City Council voted Monday to refer the potential move of a historic home to the city's real estate committee.
Council was considering a request by Beaumont Health System to relocate the historical Cadieux farmhouse from its current location at Notre Dame and Jefferson, in the City of Grosse Pointe, to 16641 E Jefferson, at Harvard, in Grosse Pointe Park.
After a lengthy discussion, where concerns about zoning and location of the 1850s-era farmhouse were raised, the council voted 7-0 to refer it the committee to consider moving the house instead to a vacant lot on Maryland.
"Nobody wants to tear it down," said council member Gregory Theokas. "We should be able to find a solution."
The request before Grosse Pointe Park comes as Beaumont Hospital is considering expanding parking. Currently, employees have to park in offsite lots as far away as the Village.
"We have a need for additional parking," said Michael Hoeflein, program leader for real estate development and planning for Beaumont Health System.
He said Beaumont has been purchasing homes on the south side of Notre Dame in preparation for a possible expansion of parking. The Cadieux house, which was originally located in Grosse Pointe Park, is among the homes purchased.
Because of the historic significance of the structure, Hoeflein said that Beaumont would give the house away and underwrite the cost to move it within a reasonable distance.
Although the initial proposal to move the home to the Harvard and Jefferson was not approved, Hoeflein stated that he would work with Grosse Pointe Park to determine if the Maryland property is a "feasible option" while considering other possible locations.