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City workers begin demolition of dilapidated, unsafe homes in the area

Posted: Sunday, Feb 5th, 2017

GRAFTON— The City of Grafton has begun the process of removing dilapidated homes from the area.

According to City Manager Kevin Stead, the project has been in the works for quite some time, and the first home on the list, which was located on Front Street, was demolished on Wednesday.

“We test homes for asbestos, if they come back positive we have the asbestos removed and test the home again. When the test comes back clean, we can then tear the house down,” explained Stead. “This was one of those houses.”

Stead revealed that in total they have 30 homes that will be ready for demolition, in the upcoming months. He further revealed that the homes are those of absentee homeowners, and they attempt to make contact with the homeowners, in any way possible, before action is taken.

“The house on Front Street, as well as many others we are looking to demolish, just really needed to come down. It wasn’t safe,” commented Stead.

In addition, Stead shared that the homes that the city workers cannot demolish, due to size or location, will be contracted out for removal.

There is not currently a set date for when the next demolition will be taking place nor is there a set time frame to have them all down.

For the complete article see the 02-06-2017 issue.

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