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Durham Voids Property Sales to Nonprofits

Posted August 21, 2007 1:33 p.m. EDT

— The City Council has rescinded the sales of two lots in the Cleveland Heights neighborhood for $1 each to nonprofit groups, choosing to accept private bids on the properties.

The council voted two weeks ago to sell the properties, which are located in a historic area once known as "Millionaire's Row," to groups that planned to open residential facilities for emotionally disturbed people and for formerly homeless people with disabilities.

Nearby residents opposed the plan, saying city officials never sought their input.

City officials said they were unaware that private individuals were interested in the properties. A bidding process for the lots will be held next month, with the proceeds from the sales going to the city's affordable housing program.

If no one submits a bid, the nonprofits would regain the rights to the properties.