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Durham demolition complete

Posted November 3, 2009

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— City crews completed the demolition of five rental properties on Boone Street in Durham Tuesday.

The buildings don't meet city building codes and have been the subject of a court dispute.

Officials say the ownership group, Haskell Properties, has had years to bring them up to code and has already had repeated extensions.

Haskell Properties rental units demolished on Boone Street in Durham Owners vow to keep fighting demolition

The family obtained a temporary restraining order two months ago to block a planned demolition, but Rick Hester, Durham's housing codes administrator and assistant director of the city Department of Neighborhood Improvement Services, said the order has expired, clearing the path for the buildings to come down.

Nearby residents have complained the Boone Street houses have been a haven for drug dealers and vagrants, Durham officials said.

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  • pommom12 Nov 3, 2009

    Newsflash for you, exposure102, Raleigh has crack houses. They're everywhere - not just in Durham.

  • djcgriffin Nov 3, 2009

    Good.

  • dragonslayer Nov 3, 2009

    They missed the burned out house in the 1900 block of Ashe St that Haskill properties owns.

  • exposure102 Nov 3, 2009

    Can't destroy all the Durham crack houses - the inhabitants will just find their way over to Raleigh thanks to the public transportation system and we can't be having that...

  • speedy Nov 3, 2009

    By the headline, I was hoping to read they'd knocked the whole city down.

  • irishale Nov 3, 2009

    The headline definitely got my attention... for a second there, thought maybe all of Durham had been demolished :)