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Supreme Court won't hear fight over Oakwood home

Posted August 19

A modern home in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood is staying put after the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a Superior Court's ruling. (Photos courtesy Louis Cherry)
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— The fight over a modern home built in Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood appears to be over after the North Carolina Supreme Court said Friday that it won't hear an appeal in the case.

Marsha Gordon and Louis Cherry were granted necessary permits three years ago to build the contemporary house at 516 Euclid St., including a certificate of appropriateness from the Raleigh Historic Development Commission.

Despite that, construction of the home irked neighbors, who argued that the house didn't fit with the character of Oakwood and would bring down property values. Neighbor Gail Wiesner filed a complaint over the home, leading the city's Board of Adjustment to reverse its certificate and suspend construction of the home.

A Superior Court judge reversed that decision in September 2014, and the Court of Appeals unanimously upheld that ruling in February, stating that the possibility that the home would bring down property values on the street wasn't sufficient reason to block its construction.

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  • Betsey Duggins Aug 20, 12:30 p.m.
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    And can you imagine the cost the homeowners endured to defend this farce of a lawsuit? They are much better people than most, I am sure. Personally, I think the home is beautiful and very much an asset to any neighborhood.

  • Skip Harris Aug 19, 8:52 p.m.
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    It is a ridiculous idea that a local government can rescind a permit when an owner hasn't deviated from what was approved.

  • Betsey Duggins Aug 19, 5:30 p.m.
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    Time to have her move.....or bring over a potted plant as a peace offering.

  • Jerry Powell Aug 19, 4:43 p.m.
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    Gail Wiesner is probably the only thing bringing property values down that that neighborhood.