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Ridgewood residents fight for voice in changes to Raleigh neighborhood

NOV 6, 2015

It started when Jean Williams died last spring.

By summer, a builder had bought Williams’ ranch-style home on Bradley Place in the Ridgewood community, tore it down and replaced it with a 4,000-square-foot house that is on the market for $1.1 million.

Neighbors weren’t thrilled with the change. Some put signs in their yards calling for the protection of homes’ unique architectural character in Ridgewood, an inside-the-Beltline community nestled off Wade Avenue.

Williams was the first and only owner of her home, said neighbor Bill Finger. When the house was demolished, it was a clear sign to some that Ridgewood could become Raleigh’s latest destination for homebuilders looking to put up large, expensive houses.


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