SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) - Contractors are tearing down parts of Suffolk's Obici House, thesubject of a long-running debate between city officials andpreservationists.
The 1924 house along the Nansemond River once belonged to PlantersPeanuts founder Amedeo Obici and is now owned by the city.
Contractors on Monday said they were removing the front and backporches and the kitchen and demolishing the carriage house. DeputyCity Manager Patrick Roberts says the city was removing structuraldamage before turning the home over to Ronnie Rountree, operator ofthe adjacent Sleepy Hole Golf Course, for a futureclubhouse.
Members of Citizens for the Preservation of Obici said they wereunaware any work had begun and were concerned about thedemolition.
Information from: TheVirginian-Pilot
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.