Demolition work to resume at Doris Duke's New Jersey mansion

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HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Demolition work is expected to resume Tuesday at a historic New Jersey mansion once owned by tobacco heiress and socialite Doris Duke.

The work started earlier this month but was stopped after a day because community activists opposed to the demolition won a temporary court order halting it.

The order was rescinded about two weeks later when an appellate court said the activists failed to show "a reasonable probability of ultimate success" with their case against The Duke Farms Foundation, which owns the mansion.

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

Half the mansion was demolished before the work was stopped. It's unclear how long it'll take to knock down the rest.