Land bank set to acquire iconic Waterloo home Monday

It was once one of the more stately homes in this Seneca County village. Now, though, the house at 101 Virginia St. has deteriorated to the point that the Finger Lakes Regional Land Bank will acquire it on Monday.

Once that happens, the Seneca County-sponsored organization will solicit estimates for stabilization of the home, a full rehabilitation, or demolition. Those numbers will figure in the land bank’s decision on what to do with the crumbling, vacant structure at the northwest corner of Virginia Street and West Wright Avenue.

The house, which was built in the 1850s, is known as the Smalley House. It was once owned by Minor and Edna Smalley, who lived there and operated an insurance agency out of the home. Its most recent owner, Richard Kenney, moved to Florida and neglected the house for years.

The structure is now hidden from view by shrubbery that has grown 10-12 feet high.

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