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Hillsborough historic commission denies request to demolish inn

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The inn was built in 1838 but has been closed for more than 10 years. The inn was built in 1838 but has been closed for more than 10 years.
The town meeting was at capacity with a waiting list to get in as Hillsborough residents rallied to save the Colonial Inn from demolition. The town meeting was at capacity with a waiting list to get in as Hillsborough residents rallied to save the Colonial Inn from demolition.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -

The Historic District Commission of the Town of Hillsborough rejected an application Wednesday night to raze a 175-year-old inn in downtown.

The owner of the Colonial Inn, Francis Henry, applied in June to have the structure demolished. The application calls for volunteer workers to remove the structure and keep the pieces. The owner plans to turn it into a grass lot after demolition is complete.

Henry will have 30 days to appeal the commission's decision, Mayor Tom Stevens said.

Henry bought the inn in 2001 for $410,000 at auction. Ever since 2003, there have been complaints followed by litigation with the town about the inn.

The town meeting was at capacity with a waiting list to get in as Hillsborough residents rallied to save the Colonial Inn from demolition.

The inn was built in 1838 but has been closed for more than 10 years.

Henry has declined to comment on the property.

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