Company bids $700K for home near Kan. Statehouse

Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A 100-year-old home near the Kansas Statehouse may become offices for a company that converts historic properties into affordable housing.

Pioneer Group President Ross Freeman had the winning bid of $700,000 for the Hiram Price Dillon home.

The Department of Administration auctioned off the home after receiving what it considered insufficient bids in February, including one from Pioneer.

The department still must consider the bid, and Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders must approve the purchase.

The 12,000-square-foot home is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s known for its Italian Renaissance-style architecture.

The state has owned the house since 1998, when a church traded the property for a parking lot. The house has been largely vacant in recent years.

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