Did everyone get their bets in on what the next use for that half-constructed cult-ready megamansion off County Rd. 59 was gonna be? Well, you’ve had plenty of years, and now time’s up: A group is currently working with the city of Manvel to turn the 30-to-70-bedroom space into a veterans housing facility, with plans to house veterans’ families as well (and to offer services like PTSD treatment, readjustment counseling, art classes, and rides to VA appointments). The place is going by the name The Bailey House, after actor and PTSD-afflicted veteran Jimmy Stewart’s character in It’s a Wonderful Life. A meeting with the organization is in the works for Saturday morning, if you want more info (or want to help the place get set up and running, financially or otherwise).
Veteran Christa Mode, who’s spearheading the project, told the Chronicle’s Dana Guthrie this week that there won’t be a completion date floated until funding is taken care of. The building has also been roughed up by vandals since it last showed its face on HAR:
Not much news as to what the building’s half-sized sibling next door is up to these days: The mini version of the megamansion was sold by Dr. Ulysses Watkins, who commissioned both structures, to an entity called Aramco Investment Group back in 2010.
- Manvel’s Giant, 30-Bedroom House Could Become a Facility for Veterans [HAR]
- Previously on Swamplot: 50-ish Bedroom Fixer Upper near Pearland Could Be Your Dream Whatever for $3.5 Million; Pearland Mansion Mystery — Unrevealed!
Photos: HAR (top), The Bailey House (second), Google Earth (aerial view at bottom)