LA MIRADA – It looks like the city might have enough money to get started on refurbishing the Neff Estate Historical Site. The City Council recently allocated $150,000 of federal Community Development Block Grant money to the project. In addition, the city already has a $176,000 grant and a $500,000 bequest from the late Mina Neff. “That gives us the ability to do the next phase of restoration,” said Tom Robinson, director of community services. “We’re trying to assemble sufficient funds to pay for improvements to restore the historic site.” More federal money could be available in the future, Robinson said. For years, the George house – the oldest of the three buildings – wasn’t open to the public. It was built in 1885 and served as the foreman’s residence from 1914-1964. The barn and the Neff house were built in 1893. The Neff barn needs painting and wood repair. Officials also need to make sure the Neff house’s roof and structure are sound, Robinson said. The first step will be to hire a consultant – probably in the next few months – to guide city officials on specifics of what needs to be done, Robinson said. Former La Mirada Councilman Dave Peters said it’s good news that work will be done on the Neff property. “This is a step in the direction of preservation,” Peters said. “(The property) harkens back to a day when there was no running water, electricity, refrigerators or any of the amenities we enjoy today.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The site includes the Neff and George houses and the Neff barn. The Neff house was the home of William and Mina Neff. William Neff was the grandson of Andrew McNally, founder and president of Rand McNally Publishing Co. The George house was the caretaker’s residence. McNally in 1888 purchased nearly 2,300 acres of rangeland and named the area La Mirada, which in Spanish means “The View.” He later turned the property over to his nanny and her husband, Edwin Neff. The biggest body of work is slated for the George house, which needs to be made handicapped-accessible and have its 1960s kitchen restored to the proper period, he added.