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The Tar Heel
Thursday, June 17, 1971
Bulldozers moved into 127 West
Rosemary Monday morning and
Amrut Nakhre moved out onto the
by Lynn Smith
Amrut Nakhre, a Political Science graduate student
from India, says he "is getting nowhere" in his desperate
search for a place to live.
Nakhre was evicted from his home at 127 West
Rosemary Street Sunday afternoon. The house was in
bad condition "but it was a place to live, and now I have
nothing," he said Monday. ' ,
He can not afford to pay much for a new apartment.
The Political Science department doesn't offer any
assistantships during the summer and the immigration
office will not issue a job permit for regular
Nakhre doesn't have a car either.
His house at 127 West Rosemary was condemned
because of failure to meet Chapel Hill Fire District
regulations, but Nakhre doesn't feel that it's the
condition of the house that's causing the problem.
"The house isn't any worse than lots of others in this
area," the student says, 'it's not really the house, but
other things" that caused the condemnation.
Nakhre charged that the owners had deliberately let
the house run down because they wanted to use the
property for other purposes. "The owner has the money
to fix the place if they wanted to," he insisted.
Howard Johnson's, Inc. owns 127 West Rosemary, as
well as the lest of the block between Church Street and
Columbia Street. They have just started a feasibility
study on uses for the land.
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E.A. Glenz, Chapel Hill building inspector, says he
discovered the condition of the house in a survey of
town housing conditions last fall. He reported it as
"definitely below standard" and said it should have been
condemned long ago. ,
Blenz stressed that the owner has the choice of
rebuilding to meet fire standards or tearing the house
The Rosemary Street residence would require
redesign requiring the work of an architect and an
engineer to bring it within Chapel Hill regulations.
Kutz Realty Company, representing Howard
Johnson's, said that repairing the house was "untlfought
of. The house is a wreck-it needs to be torn down."
Both Kutz Realty and Glenz have tried to help Amrut
find a place to stay, but all efforts to relocate him have
failed. Every possibility is either too expensive or too far
Bulldozers moved into 127 West Rosemary Monday
morning and Amrut Nakhre moved out onto the street.
Even the local churches said they did not have room for
him. He has put his belongings with a few friends and is
continuing his search.
Nakhre questions the city's policy of condemning
houses when there is such a shortage, as well as the
reasons for condemnation in his particular case. He feels
that if the town government continues to ignore the
general situation, there will be "many other students in
my predicament this fall."
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" 'A' Howard Johnson's franchising agent
has"; hired a Washington company of land
economists to do a feasibility study on
,the potential of a block of land they own
on Rosemary Street.
' The possibilities being considered
include a Howard Johnson's motel and
restaurant, a high-rise apartment complex
and a shopping center with office space
, available above the shops.
Pearsall Realty Company of Rocky
Mount, representing Howard Johnson's,
has been buying land on the block of
Rosemary Street between Church Street
and Columbia Street for the last two
years. The last purchase, the house on the
corner of Rosemary and Church, was
called "the missing piece to the puzzle"
by a Pearsall agent.
Now that the "puzzle" is complete,
Howard Johnson's will use the land for
some type of housing complex. A
decision will be made on the proposed
possibilities as soon as the survey of
deficiencies in the present Chapel Hill
market is completed. The company is not
interested in building any structure that
would provide student housing.
The two remaining houses on the
Rosemary Street property are presently
occupied by students.
The residence which was purchased by
Pearsall almost two years ago, 127 West
Rosemary, has recently been condemned
because of failure to meet fire
regulations. Chandrashekhar Joshi and
Amrut Nakhre, two Indian graduate
students, were evicted Sunday.
Nakhre charged "it's not really the bad
condition of the house but other things"
that caused the condemnation. He
believes the owner wants to use the land
for other purposes and has purposely let
the house run down.
Pearsall's only comment was "we
decided to tear it down."
The residence on the corner of
Rosemary and Church is occupied by
four summer school students. They
expect to stay until the end of August
when their lease expires.
Kutz Realty Company, representing
Pearsall-Howard Johnson's in Chapel Hill,
said they had been instructed to continue
renting the corner house, although the
lease could be terminated with a 45-day
A self-service Howard Johnson's was
tried on Franklin Street last year, but
failed soon after it opened. The chain still
owns Eat At Joe's in the same location.
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