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Home escapes demolition, family restoring vacant property

Nasser, who owns several local businesses and works as a contractor, is trying to restore the original exterior features of the house including the two-story front porch. (Source: WECT) Nasser, who owns several local businesses and works as a contractor, is trying to restore the original exterior features of the house including the two-story front porch. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A home at 17 South Fourth Street is being given new life after nearly being demolished.

Wilmington resident Wais Nasser and some of his family members are currently trying to rebuild the structure that has seen better days.

Nasser said the home was severely damaged by a fire in 2008 and has sat vacant for years. He and his family now live a few houses down from the dilapidated home on the same street.

Nasser, who owns several local businesses and works as a contractor, is trying to restore the original exterior features of the house including the two-story front porch.

"It's a lot harder to fix this house versus you wanted to build a brand new house," said Nasser.

He got the designs approved by the city's Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) in July. He is completely overhauling the house and has already added a new roof to the structure.

"I love old houses. You know the charm of the old house. The challenges you face with the old house," explained Nasser.

Dawn Snotherly, the City of Wilmington's Historic Preservation Planner, said this restoration effort is proof of historic preservation at its finest. She said the HPC was previously notified that the structure was going to be demolished.

"This is truly a success story of saving an important piece of the historic fabric of the community in such a way that respects the original design elements and features that contribute so richly to the city's built environment," wrote Snotherly in an email Tuesday.

Nasser hopes to finish the rebuilding efforts by March of 2015. He said the property will then be rented out to families.

The Wilmington City Council is currently trying to develop a new policy that would increase the speed in which dilapidated homes are restored or demolished in the city limits.

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