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Ali boyhood home may become museum

Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Nevada real estate investor who bought Muhammad Ali's boyhood home in Louisville, Ky., says he plans to turn it into a museum that reflects the boxer's youth.

Jared Weiss paid $70,000 for the property last month and hopes to stock it with Ali memorabilia and open it to the public, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported Monday.

A longtime admirer of Ali, Weiss said he met the three-time heavyweight champion briefly years ago when the boxer visited the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Weiss plans to spend about $75,000 to fix up and furnish the vacant building. He may hire a fundraising consultant to help solicit charitable donations to cover some costs of the renovation.

Weiss, 39, bought the house sight-unseen after finding it for sale on the Internet. The previous owners purchased the home in 1998 for $2,500.

Property records show the 1,128-square-foot house was built in 1920 and has one bathroom. The records rate the structure's condition as "normal for age."

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