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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – An original 1924 home on the exclusive Star Island in Miami Beach was moved to make way for a new modern home. Yes, you heard that right. The house was not being razed, but rather raised and moved to a new location on the property.
The physical moving of the Walter Degarmo home started in mid-September, but on Tuesday it was set in place.
It is to become a guest house for the new, much larger, multimillion dollar, modern home being built on the water.
“It’s exciting. It’s a big project,” said the owner of the home John Jansheski who is an inventor and entrepreneur. He is spending millions to preserve the original home and build an additional one.
Using a giant wireless remote car, the move took about two hour to move the home 120 feet away. That’s just halfway.
“This is forward and reverse and we want to go forward,” said Tom Doyle who is in charge of moving the structure.
Before the hassle of the move could begin, it took a lengthy process getting there.
This took a lot of lawyers, lots of meetings in front of the Miami Beach Design Review Board, structural engineers and more to preserve the home.
“We’ve extended the life of the home for a hundred years,” said project manager Mark Jansheski.
But, dropping off the home isn’t the end of the project.
It will take a month to take it off its structure. It will take another year to set the old home in place. Finally, it will take 18 months to build the new home.
“We’re real excited to be at this point right now,” said Mark Jansheski.
Mark Jansheski is making the move for his brother John.
John Jansheski who invented energetic drinks and a dental toothpick among other profitable items, said he will live there with his cat. Though he is divorced and his two adult children live in Tennessee, John said he entertains a lot – which is great for the star-studded Star Island.
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