UNCG to give away Glenwood houses

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- If you're in the market for a house, UNC Greensboro hopes you'll consider getting one of theirs -- for free.

The university plans to build 330 dorm rooms, along with retail space, at Glenwood Avenue and West Lee Street.

So, rather than tear down the houses currently there, UNCG is hoping to give them away. The catch: whoever takes them would have to pay the moving cost and for any renovation, which could be expensive.

"If you're able to stay close by, stay in the neighborhood, it's not as expensive," said UNCG Real Estate Director Terri Cartner. "It's just really an opportunity to hold onto a piece of history."

Cartner said the university would also give the new owner whatever it would have cost to tear the house down. Typically, Cartner said that is a few thousand dollars.

Some who live in the Glenwood neighborhood said they are concerned that having dorm rooms on their street will change the character of the neighborhood. They also said moving the old homes would not preserve their history.

"If you're moving a historical house, the historical significance of that house kind of degrades," said Mira Wimbish, who lives in Glenwood.

For more information on the 15 homes, UNCG is holding an informational session on Monday, May 11 at 1 p.m. It's in room four of the Coliseum Special Events Center.