The end is near for Wolfe Manor — the Clovis haunted house.
Asbestos removal was completed last week at the nearly century-old home southwest of Sierra Vista Mall on Clovis Avenue. Next up is demolition.
Property owner Todd Wolfe, who tried for months to sell the house, has removed five trailer loads of items from the home like windows, bookshelves, moldings, French doors and the china buffet.
Wolfe and a security guard were required to be off the property by 9 a.m. Monday, said John Holt, Clovis assistant city manager.
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But Wolfe and a friend were still on the property Monday afternoon trying to salvage bricks before the house is torn down sometime in the next 10 days, Wolfe said.
“Today I realized that I brought this house back to life and for 17 years I got to tell its story,” said Wolfe, who bought the house in 1997.
Wolfe used the house as a Halloween attraction until 2003 before the city shut it down a year later. The house has also been featured on television shows that depict paranormal phenomena.
But in the years since the closure, police have been called to the site more than 100 times, Holt said. Firefighters also were called to battle a fire in the building.
The city, Holt said, has a warrant to demolish the building. The demolition cost is estimated to be about $35,000. Asbestos removal cost about $17,000. The city will place a lien on the property to recoup its costs.
Other costs include city staff time, he said, but those costs have not been tabulated.
Wolfe has had since April to move forward with a plan to demolish the building and remove asbestos. The city took action when Wolfe did not, Holt said.
Wolfe said he is working with Clovis hotel developer Jay Virk to build on the site.
“Either way it would need to be demolished,” Holt said “because the cost of repairs would be prohibitive.”