RIVER FALLS, Minn. - The financial institution that holds the note on the home where Aaron Schaffhausen murdered his three daughters has decided to dismantle the structure, sell the land and donate the proceeds to a park built in the girls' names.
Affinity Plus Credit Union acting-President and CEO Dave Larson tells KARE 11 the decision was made after discussions with Jessica Schaffhausen, mother of Amara, Sophie and Cecilia.
Instead of being demolished, the home will be taken apart piece by piece, with the materials donated to the St. Croix chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
"As an organization, we strive to do what's right," Larson said.
Larson also says a number of the companies who are helping to dismantle the home are donating their services, so more money can go to the park and playground.
Affinity Plus previously held the note on the Schaffhausen home. Ownership of the home reverted to the St. Paul-based company after nobody bid on the home at a sheriff's foreclosure auction.
Work on deconstructing the Schaffhausen home will begin Monday.
Larson believes the land beneath it will be up for sale within 30 to 45 days. The money from the sale will go directly to the construction of the Tri-Angels Playground in River Falls.
With the help of family, friends and community members Jessica Schaffhausen has already staged a 5K race and an auction of artwork created by Amara, Sophie and Cecilia.
Jessica Schaffhausen unveiled a proposed design for the playground last month, which can be found on the project's Facebook page.
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