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New Deadline to Fix Rundown Buildings in Durham

Posted July 18, 2007

— State lawmakers have set a new deadline for Durham property owners to fix up dilapidated buildings.

The new measure approved by lawmakers gives property owners six months to clean up a property that violates codes.

City regulations allow owners 60 days to remove violations before the city takes action.

Preservationists said they are worried that the city's regulations could lead to demolishing historical buildings.

City residents complained that such buildings attract crime and blight neighborhoods.


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  • FE Jul 18, 2007

    Maybe Durham could look into getting some of those "good" drivers from Randolph County to assist?

  • Adelinthe Jul 18, 2007

    Need to do this in Raleigh too. So many run down businesses on McDowell and Salisbury Streets, and run down houses beyond them in their neighborhoods, often harboring crooks.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • PikeMom Jul 18, 2007

    They probably don't want to spend money to fix the buildings up,because it would be just a matter of time before they look the same way again.Why fix up a building that is in a terrible spot?It's not like they can get their money back in profits.Some people are determined to live like slums.Check out every MLK possible and see for yourself.

  • Rabid_Wolf_2 Jul 18, 2007

    One just got fixed a couple days ago.

  • bubbabillybob Jul 18, 2007

    "Preservationists said they are worried that the city's regulations could lead to demolishing historical buildings"

    Read: Crackheads are worried that the regulations could lead to demolishing crack houses.

  • Timbo Jul 18, 2007

    Yeah, what's the deadline for fixing Durham?

  • hp277 Jul 18, 2007

    The bulldozer cannot arrive soon enough for many Durham buildings.