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New Deadline to Fix Rundown Buildings in Durham

Posted July 18, 2007 12:42 a.m. EDT

— 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.