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for North Carolina Preservation Vol. 148 Issue , Winter 2014-2015
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A long history of houses and properties being donated to Preservation North Carolina has allowed for several of these places to be protected and refurbished. Whether a family wants to fully donate or sell for a reduced rate, Preservation North Carolina can make sure that the property is given a new life with enthusiastic preservationists.
Hoping to Revitalize East Durham (RED), the PNC had two classes from UNC Department of City and Regional Planning determine a revitalization plan for the historic neighborhood. They determined that PNC should acquire specific houses in a targeted area, refurbish them, and sell them to prospective home owners. This effort has led to four properties being sold and three more renovations in progress.
Due to the revolving funds and hard work of the PNC, hundreds of properties have been saved from certain foreclosure and condemnation. This article features work done on six historic structures that have recently been saved by PNC and bought by private homeowners. Ranging from Civil War Union field hospitals to a funeral home in Wilmington, these properties are given new life by homeowners.
Using examples from other PNC projects, this article outlines the practicality of using a preservation easement as a protective tool. Easements, or legal restrictions, allow for historic properties to be protected from commercial or corporate enterprises that wish to tear down the structures.