Removal of Non-Historic House - Bush
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park proposes to remove a non-historic house, known as the Bush Property, from the Wilderness Battlefield. The house is located at 12405 Plantation Drive, Spotsylvania, VA 22553.
The Bush House was built ca1991 and is a one and one-half story split level style house.It is covered in vinyl siding and has an elevated wood deck porch on the rear. It sits on 0.46 acres.in a residential subdivision.
In the 2010 update to the park's National Register of Historic Places documentation, the structure was determined to be a non-contributing structure on the Wilderness Battlefield. In a letter dated September 2, 2010, the Virginia State Historic Preservation Officer concurred with the park's finding that this structure is non-contributing.
Per the park's current General Management Plan, "non-historic structures will be removed from the historic scene as they are acquired." The park now proposes to remove this building. It is possible that the house may be sold and moved from the property, but there has been little success with this approach. Additionally, the house is subject to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and efforts will be made to find another organization to move the house. If the house is not sold and/or removed, the park proposes to raze the building. Work will consist of the demolition and complete removal of debris from the structure. It will also include the breaking down of foundation walls to a level two (2) feet below ground level and removing this debris. It will also include the removal of the concrete slabs for this structure. This work also consists of the removal of sidewalks, wood deck, driveway, slabs and foundations located on the site. This project also consists of the work required to restore the disturbed areas to grass and follow the natural contours of the land. It covers filling, compacting, grading, spreading topsoil, applying lime, fertilizer, and grass seed as well as mulch. The long-term plan for the property is to allow nature to take its course and reclaim the land as part of the surrounding woods.
Eric J. Mink