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Duke University Selling Houses Near Campus

Posted July 5, 2006 12:02 p.m. EDT

— Duke University is selling seven houses that sit on the edge of its east campus.

The university bought about a dozen houses in the Trinity Park neighborhood, made repairs to them and is selling them to single-families.

Over the past few years, residents in the neighborhood have complained about trash problems and late-night parties thrown by Duke students, who rented houses in the area.

Duke officials have said the purpose behind selling the houses is not to push students out of the neighborhoods, but to create stable neighborhoods near the campus. The university has invested about $4 million to buy the houses and renovate them.

One university-owned house not yet for sell is located at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where a woman alleges she was raped in March by three members of Duke's men's lacrosse team. The university does plan to sell it, but has no timeline on doing so.

Several years ago, Duke also built single-family residences in the Trinity Heights neighborhood.