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After 15 years as half-finished 'eyesore,' duplex gets new life


April 8, 2020

PARTNERS Brian George, left, and Palmer Vilagi, who specialize in flipping houses stand next to a duplex they are completing in Sweet Home after it sat unfinished for 15 years.

A half-completed duplex that's sat nearly untouched for 15 years on the corner of Juniper Avenue and 5th Avenue is coming to life and is on the verge of being available to renters.

Work on the structure began in 2005 by Duane Bergevin, now of Utah, who built it on the site of a home owned by his parents.

Neighbor Rob Younger, who has lived across the street since the early 1980s and was friends with the senior Bergevins, said Duane was building the duplex for his brother Vern to live in, with the plan of renting the other side out.

Construction stopped in 2006, following the death of Dua...

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