Durham demolition complete
Posted November 3, 2009 10:23 a.m. EST
Updated November 3, 2009 11:46 a.m. EST
Durham, N.C. — 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.
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.