The house, crouching in the middle of a neighborhood in east Perry, sat unoccupied for years.
Its shingles were rotted, and its metal porch railing was bent. Weeds and brush rose from the foundation past gaping, empty windows.
Last year, city officials notified the owners that they needed to clean up the property. The city wasn’t prepared for the counteroffer.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe, which oversees the property, held in federal trust, proposed instead to raze the home and build a casino.