Oakwood house construction permitted during appeal

From Staff ReportsApril 8, 2014 

— The owners of a controversial modernist house in the Oakwood neighborhood got a judge’s permission Monday to wrap up several aspects of construction.

While an appeal remains pending, Louis Cherry and Marsha Gordon sought a Wake County Superior Court judge’s blessing to finish installing roofing, siding, heating and air-conditioning, lighting and security systems.

“Work will now continue to ensure that our home is protected from the elements,” the couple said in a written statement. “We are grateful to our attorneys and to the attorneys for the City of Raleigh for making it possible for us to protect our home while we wait for a Superior Court decision.”

City attorneys filed an appeal last month after the Board of Adjustment revoked historic commission approval for the house, saying that historic district guidelines weren’t followed.

If the appeal fails, Cherry and Gordon could be forced to tear down the house. From staff reports

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