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Judge will rule in favor of Oakwood homeowners' modern design

Posted September 11, 2014 1:02 p.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2014 8:41 p.m. EDT

— Superior Court Judge Elaine Bushfan notified attorneys in a neighborhood dispute Wednesday that she plans to rule in favor of homeowners and the modern design of their Oakwood home.

Others in the historic neighborhood claim the house will clash and sought an injunction to stop the plans from going forward.

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

Neighbors argued that the house doesn't fit with the character of Oakwood, and they filed a complaint over it. That led the city's Board of Adjustment to reverse the certificate, which suspended construction on the home.

City officials, along with Gordon and Cherry, in March appealed the Board of Adjustment decision to Superior Court.

"We hope that this legal battle is behind us," Gordon and Cherry said Thursday afternoon. "We now have the opportunity to focus on the things that make Oakwood the dynamic, diverse, and wonderful neighborhood that it is."

Attorneys on both sides have said that no matter which way Bushfan rules, they would appeal any loss.

Gail Wiesner, the neighbor who lodged the complaint, said she also plans to appeal.