The ostentatious, 14,000-square-foot former home of the ex-Buffalo Bills safety — once called the “finest mansion in all of Sarpy County” — used to be valued at $2.6 million. But now it’s gone.
Kush built the house (pictured at left before the fire) in 1997, but after financial setbacks forced him to sell it for $1.6 million to FRK Development in 2008, which then donated it to Catholic Charities for a planned youth substance abuse treatment center.
When those plans fell through, Catholic Charities sold the property and home in October 2010 to Larry Smith of Elkhorn for $612,000. It became overrun with mold and was damaged by vandals. The Sarpy County assessor eventually deemed the home worthless, and the current owner donated it to the local fire department for a controlled burn.
“It would cost more to mitigate the mold damage than the house is worth,” Sarpy County Assessor Dan Pittman told the Omaha World-Herald in October.
The Gretna Volunteer Fire Department, along with other agencies, set the house on fire room-by-room until the entire home was in flames. Once the test fire was completed, the house was burned entirely to the ground.