Going down: 'California look' duplexes doomed
To make way for a re-development on Longwood Drive, a cul-de-sac off Harris Road down 5th Street extended, developer Richard Spurzem plans to demolish eight existing duplexes, five of which demo contractor Digs Inc. has already submitted a permit application for.
According to Spurzem, who owns most of the properties on Longwood, the eight circa 1979 buildings he’s taking down have what “some might affectionately call the Ã¢â?¬Ë?California contemporary look’.” City records show that all eight buildings have the same assessment: $174,200
The 2-story, roughly 2500-square foot duplexes are identical grey and brown wood structures, but Spurzem hopes to replace them with more attractive buildings and more lively surroundings.
“We’re trying to improve the neighborhood, and encourage home ownership,” says Spurzem, who mentions the Willoughby Townes Development directly across 5th Street as an example of what they’d like to create. “But we also want to make them available for a mix of incomes, so some will be for sale, and some for rent.”
Spurzem says that Southern Development, who also built Willoughby Townes, will most likely be the builder. No timeline for the project’s completion has been set.