Court: Demolition can resume at mansion owned by Doris Duke

Demolition work will be allowed to resume at a historic New Jersey mansion once owned by tobacco heiress and socialite Doris Duke.

A state appellate court on Friday removed an emergency stay that was issued March 6 at the request of a community group that’s been fighting for months to stop the work. The panel said the group failed to show “a reasonable probability of ultimate success” with their case against The Duke Farms Foundation.

It wasn’t clear Saturday when the demolition work would resume. A large portion of the Hillsborough Township mansion had been torn down the day before the emergency stay was issued.

The 67,000-square-foot mansion has been empty since Duke’s death in 1993. Foundation officials say it is in disrepair and would take at least $10 million to fix.

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