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When will they move that abandoned house across from Leland’s new town hall?

Jason Gonzales
This house is sitting on a truck trailer by Old Fayetteville Road in Leland. Photo by Si Cantwell.

This house is sitting on a truck trailer by Old Fayetteville Road in Leland. That’s the new town all in the background. Photo by Si Cantwell.

Q. When will they move the house sitting on the side of Old Fayetteville Road in Leland, where they’re building the new town hall? It’s an eyesore.

UPDATE: The house was torn down in early May 2014. Here’s the earlier answer.

A. It is an eyesore and a safety concern, according to Town Manager David Hollis.

But the town cannot do anything with the house for the time being because it no longer owns the home.

Leland sold the house to Paragon Building Corp., the contractor for the new town hall, and the house was then sold to a woman who hired a house mover.

The mover removed the house from its foundation and put it on on wheels, and then was moved to private property to facilitate the construction of the new building, Hollis said.

According to the woman who now owns the house, the mover is not able to get the proper permits from the N.C, Department of Transportation. The town has contacted the N.C. DOT and the Highway Patrol about possible solutions, but the hold is on the permits to allow the house on the highways and roads.

The town can order the home to be torn down, Hollis said.

“The town hopes the house will be moved soon before an abatement order is issued and the house is torn down at an expense of approximately $5,000,” Hollis said. “The town does not have a firm date of when this will occur, but it will likely coincide with the opening of the new town hall building.”


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