A century-old Manassas home could be near imminent destruction, despite a mystery man stepping in to help rehab it.
The owner of the home, Dorothy Feaganes, was in her 80s and passed away recently, city officials said at a City Council meeting on Monday. Her death has thrown the fate of her house — which the mystery donor had begun to restore so she could live her remaining years there — into disarray. And officials are again preparing to demolish the now-blighted home, at 9300 Prescott Ave., which has been ignored for years, and officials say is in such bad shape it poses a safety hazard.
The mystery benefactor had been a longtime friend of Feaganes’s late husband from Virginia, said Manassas lawyer Timothy M. Purnell, who represented Feaganes at the benefactor’s request until her death. He had read about the home’s plight in a newspaper story, Purnell has said, and had agreed to rehab the home and allow Feaganes to live out her remaining years there.