‘Neglected landmark’ is a shame

Published 9:10 pm Saturday, August 15, 2009

Walking down the 18th fairway at Sleepy Hole Golf Course, golfers often times look sadly upon their first, second or fifth shot. They then look at the challenging shot they have to a challenging finishing hole.

But, off to the side, they also see the distressing sight that has become the Obici House.

Hundreds of people each day and week walk within just a few yards of what should be an iconic location within our community. Instead, what they see is a depressing structure, just a few nails, siding and willpower from falling further into disrepair.

Friday, city officials opened the former home of Suffolk philanthropist Amedeo Obici for tours by those interesting in restoring the structure.

In Saturday’s article, the description of the home was perfect when it called the home a “neglected landmark.”

It is a shame any group, government or person could have let this home, so perfectly positioned on the Nansemond River, fall into such peril.

If handled and restored correctly, this home could prove to be an invaluable asset to the city overall, not just the group or groups who would call it home.

This home is a part of Suffolk’s history, and a large part at that. The interest in restoring it and making it a viable part of Suffolk’s future can be something we all benefit from and something we can all be proud of.