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Fate of Collinwood House, Plano's oldest home

The Collinwood house sits on a farm at Spring Creek and Windhaven Parkway that dates back to the 1860s.

PLANO, Texas -- It is a piece of history locked away behind a fence. Its future was dependent on people who came well after it. The Collinwood house sits on a farm at Spring Creek and Windhaven Parkway that dates back to the 1860s.

"This home we're talking about is one of the parcels that he had bought soon after arriving in Texas," said Clint Haggard who is referring to his great great grandfather who came to Texas in the mid-1800s.

The home had changed hands several times, and it now belongs to the city. Plano exhausted nearly every possibility with the house. The city tried to relocate it, to renovate it, even a bond measure to restore it failed.

"We had come to the point where the house was going to be demolished. That was on the table, and that's where we were moving," said Robin Reeves with Plano Parks and Recreation.

That is...until the Haggard family jumped back into the picture. The Haggards is one of Collin County's earliest families.

"We do see it as an opportunity to have a physical presence incorporated into land developed today," said Clint Haggard.

On Monday night Plano's council decided the Haggards can take the home back to their land, and the city will offer $250,000 to help with moving costs. "I think this was the best option available to the city," said Reeves.

The city says it would have cost that much to deconstruct the home. "Few people get to really touch and feel something their great-grandparents are a part of," said Haggard.

Haggard is unsure where the home will be moved to and on the timeline for that move.

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