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187 crepe myrtle ~ rubble

The beautiful house that once stood at 187 Crepe Myrtle Cr was demolished on March 27, 2008.

The neighbors that witnessed the demolition said it took less than an hour. One neighbor even said it was about a half an hour. I spoke to one of the demolition crew who said they removed the support poles that were located in the basement. Then they began pushing on the front of the house with the backhoe and eventually the house just collapsed.

Terry Radomski who lives acorss the street at 190 Crepe Myrtle described it saying that as the chimney began to collapse it reminded her of the twin towers as they began to fall. And then the whole house just fell in on itself.

Lisa Palmer who lives at 134 Crepe Myrtle said it was like a death in the family. She described it as an "emptiness" as she looked at the rubble Thursday evening. She said she just felt like crying.

Martha Kennedy, Nick Bragg, Charlene Watkins, Kenneth Hauser, Pat Vickland, the Stanley's, and Michael Royall all expressed their sadness and that they wished Maple Springs UMC had considered other options that would have saved such a beautiful and well built house from being demolished.

They didn't even allow anyone the chance to go in and salvage some of the materials. Habitat for Humanity or someone else could have salvaged some good materials. What a shame!

A lady who lives on Belle Vista Ct drove by on Sunday and was shocked to see that the house had been destroyed. She told me how she would drive by every few weeks to see if it was ever "for sale" because she wanted to purchase it and have it restored!

There were many options that should have been considered such as a guest house for missionaries, a temporary home for displaced families in need, or they could have donated it to someone who was willing to have it moved.

The excuse was that it needed some electrical work, new heating and air, and that it only had one bathroom. Well, the Cornelius' raised an entire family there with only one bathroom. My father and mother both grew up in houses without any bathrooms and they survived. Besides, how difficult is it to install an extra bathroom? Probably not as much as the cost of a demolition crew to tear it down and remove it!

What a waste of a beautiful home!!

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