Family blocks bulldozers

September 10, 2009 9:36:07 AM PDT
Demolition crews were met with resistance Thursday when they showed up to tear down homes in east Durham.The city has ordered five homes owned by the family business Haskell Properties demolished because it says the family has let them fall into disrepair and an August 6 deadline to fix them up has passed.

But when the bulldozers arrived at a property on Boone Court off Owens Street and Briggs Avenue, the family was there to protest. It went to court and got a 10-day injunction to stop the demolition.

Now, the family and the city will use the time to try and work out the dispute.

The city says the homes have been condemned for at least a year, and it's not the first time it's had to demolish a Haskell property because of similar problems.

A Haskell family member says they feel they're being unfairly targeted because they're an African-American owned company.

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