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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Construction zone?

So about 5 or 6 months ago we noticed that one of the empty lots on Markham Ave., just east of Washington, was being cleared, probably in preparation for some infill development. I don't generally have a problem with infill, but a branch of the Ellerbe Creek runs right through this particular patch of land, and i've found that it's already been used as a dump site for used tires and other auto parts. So i got in touch with ECWA, and they called the city, and sure enough, the person doing the clearing had never bothered to file for a building permit with the city/county, and a stop work order was issued.

Couple or days ago, i noticed some stakes with pink ribbons on the site, and an Thursday, a backhoe appeared. Still no sign of an "Inspections" placard on the site, though. Wonder if the guy just decided to go ahead and finish clearing his land and build his house? This being Durham, he probably figures nobody from the city will ever stop by to check up on him.

UPDATE: As of 4 pm on 9/29, the backhoe is gone.



  • Welcome to Durham! The city where laws are optional.

    By Blogger Steve Graff, at 10:23 AM  

  • It may be that he has a permit for clearing the land and building. I have no idea. But i'm pretty sure you're supposed to have the permit posted in a conspicuous place so that both the Inspections department and the general public can review it at will.

    By Blogger Barry, at 10:27 AM  

  • Thanks for the information and i think that you are doing a good job for the development of the city.

    Storage Containers,

    By Blogger Kevin, at 9:46 PM  

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