Jury out cot­tages owned by John Gr­isham

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICK OFF -

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The jury is still out on the fate of four cen­tury-old cot­tages lo­cated in North Carolina on prop­erty owned by best­selling au­thor John Gr­isham.

The Her­ald-Sun of Durham re­ported Gr­isham got per­mis­sion from a town com­mis­sion to de­mol­ish the homes in Chapel Hill. The His­toric Dis­trict Com­mis­sion also voted to de­lay de­mo­li­tion by 365 days, the max­i­mum time that state law al­lows.

Gr­isham, the com­mis­sion and Preser­va­tion Chapel Hill are search­ing for some­one who will move the cot­tages.

The cot­tages are on lots be­hind a home that Gr­isham and his wife Re­nee bought last year. The Gr­ishams want to re­place the cot­tages with land­scap­ing.

Gr­isham said in an email that his team is sort­ing through about 20 in­quiries so far from peo­ple and groups in­ter­ested in the cot­tages.

Jose Luis Ma­gana / As­so­ci­ated Press

Au­thor John Gr­isham, at right, with play­wright Ru­pert Holmes and pro­ducer Daryl Roth. Gr­isham, Chapel Hill, N.C., of­fi­cials and preser­va­tion ad­vo­cates have pon­dered the fu­ture of four cen­tury-old cot­tages lo­cated on prop­erty Gr­isham owns.

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