City Attorney gives Kinston’s side in man’s fight to save his properties


For the second time in a matter of days, a group gathered in the city of Kinston.

On Monday, about a half dozen people showed up at city hall.

It was to present the city’s office with a petition to try and keep the city from moving forward with tearing down two properties.

The properties are located on 607 E. Gordon Street and 110 N. Trianon Street. 

The group is being led by Dr. Jospeh Askew. It maintains the properties are historical and members are working to restore them.

“What we’d like to see happen is with the improvements that we’ve made is to consider that and to take it off the list,” said Askew. “We’d like to see that happen. We’d like to see them conclude that it is safe and we have bated the problem.”

Organizers say the Gordon Street location is the site of the city’s first African American daycare, and the Trianon location was a former place for indentured servants.

Nine On Your Side did reach out to the city of Kinston’s attorney for comment.

Jim Cauley of Cauley Pridgen Lawyers sent us this statement.

This is it in its entirety.

“The properties located at 110 N. Trianon Street and 607 E. Gordon Street, along with 48 others, were identified by the City as being dangerous to life and public safety. Each owner of these properties was notified and given an opportunity, in accordance with state law, to either repair or demolish their dangerous properties. These two properties are owned by Dr. Askew’s son, who resides out of state. On behalf of his son, Dr. Askew requested and was granted several extensions of time to complete the repairs or demolish the properties. In fact, more than 9 months have passed since the City ordered the repair or demolition of these properties. As of the City’s last inspection, neither property had complied with the requirements in the inspector’s order to be made safe.  The City Council reviewed an appeal by Dr. Askew last week but did not decide in his favor so the demolition of 110 N Trianon St will move forward. The property owner still has until March 20, 2019 to complete the repairs or demolition of 607 E Gordon St. As Dr. Askew has threatened to sue the City, this will be the extent of any comments at this time.”

Nine On Your Side will update this story with new developments as they happen.

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