By KAROLYN GEPHART
The abandoned giant brick home in Manvel will soon be repurposed for an area business.
The approximately 66,000 sq. foot Manvel Mansion as it is referred to is on CR 59 and is undergoing a redesign according to city officials. A portion of the abandoned building will be used by Heritage Christian Academy.
The school requested rezoning from Manvel City Council and last month the council granted the request during its regular meeting.
The approval allows the school to use the first floor.
The second floor of the building is permitted for use under the light commercial zoning district.
Heritage Christian Academy is an independent, non-denominational Christian school serving the Pearland, Houston, Manvel, and Alvin areas with a variety of two, three and five day education programs ranging from infant care through fifth grade.
HCA is currently located at 12006 Shadow Creek Pkwy. in Pearland.
For more information on HCA, go to www.hcapearland.com.
The Manvel site is a brick home that has been on the market for $3.5 million in the past and is located at 2354 County Road 59. It has 46 bedrooms, 26 full bathrooms, a nine-car garage, an indoor swimming pool and spa and an elevator.
Over the years, vandals have removed all electrical wiring, put holes in sheetrock and ductwork, broke windows, and caused many problems that will make remodeling a bigger job than previously expected.
Realtors report that the home was built in 2001 by a doctor and his wife. It was planned to be both a home and a rehab facility for his patients. At the halfway point of construction, all work stopped and the home remained abandoned while the family originally building it, built a similar home on the 15 acre lot next door.