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Who is responsible for the upkeep of historic homes along Castle Hayne Road?

Kevin Maurer

The full question:

“There are several historic-era homes along Castle Hayne Road across from Russ Towing near 23rd Street. For at least a decade brush has overtaken these homes and they have fallen into a state of disrepair. No one has lived in them for about 10 to 15 years. Why are they uninhabited and allowed to remain in disrepair? It would be nice to see them saved as historical structures.”

And the answer:

New Hanover County spokesman Mark G. Boyer said repairing the property is up to the owners.

“If a home is abandoned and falling in disrepair, residents may call the New Hanover County Planning and Inspections Department and ask to speak to a zoning code official,” Boyer said. “In the case of overgrown grass, etc., that is a nuisance complaint that should be reported to the sheriff’s office.”

George Edwards of the Historic Wilmington Foundation might also help determine whether these are indeed, historic homes, Boyer said.

Founded in 1966, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is a private, nonprofit association devoted to preserving the architectural heritage of Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina. The group claims credit for rescuing more than 100 historic properties from demolition, including 50 that were saved directly by purchase and resale.

Edwards, executive director of the foundation, said there is no legal protection for historic property unless it is located in the two historic districts in Wilmington. He said the houses could be nominated and placed on Wilmington’s most-threatened places list. Contact the foundation for details. Its headquarters are located at 516 N. Fourth St., Wilmington [Map this]. It may be contacted at (910) 762-2511.

To contact a Zoning Code Official call (910) 798-7165. To contact the Sheriff’s Office call (910) 798-4200.

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