The new Woodside house owners are posting updates on the renovation on a website, A Farmhouse in the City. In the basement, they lifted the house, and poured a new concrete foundation. They say the general layout of the basement will stay the same. “We did change the direction of the exterior basement stairs in order to accommodate the location of the garage addition (attached on the north side of the kitchen). We also had to add a steel beam that runs north & south in order to stabilize the foundation and support the first floor.”
In April, the group Friends of Woodside presented a plan to the Maplewood City Council to stabilize the Maplewood historic house, Woodside, to preserve it until it can be bought and restored. A member of the group, Luke Havel, told 40 South News by email this week that he was told the council should have an answer to their proposal by mid-August. He said Friends of Woodside has started to pepper local retailers with flyers asking folks to contact them on how to help. The plan included repairing and painting the fence, cutting down overgrown vegetation, covering the windows with green shutters, painting trim, plugging the holes in the siding and cleaning debris inside the house. A city staff member and council members have also mentioned a potential investor with a record for restoring buildings who might be interested in restoring it.