The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, knowing that the property would need extensive repairs, decided to sell it for $1.

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WARREN -- A beautiful but deteriorating house that's nearly 130 years old will get to live on thanks to a unique effort to find someone to rehabilitate it.

The Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership, knowing that the property would need extensive repairs, decided to sell it for $1.

Through online advertising and even a mention on the program "This Old House," they found a buyer.

The AMG Foundation will rehab the house for use by returning veterans.

"This property was built in 1887, was originally a single family home," said Matt Martin, director of the Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership. "More recently it has been at least one business. It's been vacant for about a decade now, (and) it's become an eyesore. … Repeatedly vandalized, broken into.

"But nobody wants to see this property demolished. It has too much upside, too much historical integrity, too much history to the property."

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Anna Gasser, with AMG, explained the plan for the property once it's fixed up.

"It's transitioning them from coming from military life back into civilian life," she said. "They'll stay here between two months to two years, just while they reacclimate themselves and deal with any issues that they may have."

The 27-room, Queen Anne Victorian house will cost close to $500,000 to rehab, and the money will come from donations.

And the rent for the returning vets?

"They'll stay here for free, the foundation will fund everything," Gasser said. "We'll be able to house six to seven vets at any given time.

"We'll be providing a supportive, compassionate environment while we direct them to the tools and the resources that they need through the VA and different services."

The work will begin this fall, and the projected opening of the house is late summer 2015.

"We're delighted with the outcome here," said Martin. "I couldn't think of a better end use for this property. I know the community is thrilled, the city's thrilled, and our organization is thrilled to be a part of Anna's project here for veterans' housing.

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