The house that James Harvey Irvine Jr. built more than 50 years ago may be spared the wrecking ball under the terms of a tentative agreement reached this week.
The ranch house, torn apart by vandals and littered with broken glass, was scheduled to be demolished along with one other home in the area to make way for an expansion of Interstate 5.
But the Irvine Ranch Water District tentatively agreed this week to give the houses a home. Under the agreement, the Irvine Co. is slated to pay half the estimated $37,000 moving costs, and the city of Irvine and the water district will split the other half.
"We saved the houses from destruction," said Ranch District President Peer A. Swan.
Water district officials have not yet decided on a location for the two houses, Swan said. However, the district plans to refurbish the homes and allow employees to move in. The homes are scheduled to be moved by April 15, Swan said.