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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 August 2005, 11:25 GMT 12:25 UK
Hendrix house facing demolition
Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942
A judge in the US has refused to extend an order barring the demolition of the boyhood home of guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

But plans to turn the Seattle house into a community music centre have been deemed worthwhile, and its owners have been given until 1 September to appeal.

In a long-running dispute, the Hendrix Foundation has said city officials have refused to work with them.

The Seattle authorities said deadlines to move or renovate the house have been missed, warranting demolition.

Music lessons

"We have people who are willing to chain themselves to that house to prevent them from tearing it down if we have to," said Henry Lewis, a long-standing friend of the Hendrix family.

The foundation's plans for the property include a facility that will offer music lessons, practice rooms and a library of musical instruments.

Its lawyer said in court that officials in the suburb of Renton, where Hendrix is buried, have agreed to allow the house to be moved to a plot there.

Formal approval for this plan is expected on 31 August.

The judge would not agree to extend the demolition ban until the end of September, because it was impossible to determine how long the deal with Renton would take to be approved.

Hendrix's family said earlier this year that they still hoped a road would be named after him.

The rock guitarist died in 1970 at the age of 27 following a drugs overdose.

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