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Kan. leaders approve sale of home near Statehouse

Published on -8/5/2013, 3:02 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislative leaders have approved the proposed sale of a 100-year-old home near the Statehouse for $700,000.

Brownback and the lawmakers Monday unanimously approved a bid for the Hiram Price Dillon home from the president of the Pioneer Group. The bid came from an auction in June.

The Pioneer Group converts historic properties into affordable housing and could use the home for its offices. State officials said Pioneer plans to make the first floor available for public events.

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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