After a couple years on the market, this unfinished mansion in Manvel, Texas may become a new home for veterans.
Chron.com reports the property owner, real investor John Youngblood, is leasing the home to the Bailey House Veteran Facility. A recent Facebook post from the Bailey House says they are seeking donations and working on finances to complete the building.
The 30-bedroom home was started in 2001, and has not yet been completed or occupied.
Bailey House Founder, Christa Mode, wrote that the facility will provide readjustment and integration counseling for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma. The facility could house up to 200 veterans and their families.
Mode wrote financial decisions for this property have become an issue in the completion of the facility. Once those problems find answers the house will seek completion.
There are some technical problems that need to be addressed before the facility can open for veterans. Additionally, the City of Manvel must rezone the property from residential to light commercial.
With the building not completed, it has been subject to vandalism.
The current property is listed online having 30 bedrooms, 30 full bathrooms and 10 half bathrooms. There have been previous reports of more bedrooms in the building.
Oh, and you may be wondering why it’s called the Bailey House. Mode said that the empty house reminds her of the George Bailey, Jimmy Stewart’s character in It’s a Wonderful Life.
“You know the scene where they come to the old house and throw rocks at it to break a window and make a wish?” Mode wrote. “That’s exactly what this building reminds me of!”