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Eyesore Demolished in Huber Heights
HUBER HEIGHTS -- The city finally began demolishing a dilapidated building that stood vacant for more than seven years.
Local businesses say the demolition will help improve the city's economic outlook.
Mantia's printing shop has sat at the corner of Brant and Taylorsville vacant with the foundation collapsing, interior molding and the roof caving in.
Tuesday, the demolition began.
No one can appreciate the removal of the eyesore as much as Sheila Humphrey, who owns Hands On Car Wash next door.
"When people see that building they think that everything on this corner is closed. So, it's been a customer deterrent for me for five years." Humphrey said.
A federal HUD grant allowed the city to not just tear the building down, but rebuild.
"This area is ready to take off. This economy is turning and this area is going to be our next big push," Huber Heights Mayor Ron Fisher said.
There's no buyer yet., but Fisher has high hopes for the prime real estate that's less than a quarter-mile from I-70.
"The traffic counts are really high and it's a good place for a lot of businesses. We're hoping for retail, possibly offices," Fisher added Tuesday.
Nearby businesses say they don't care what fills the vacancy as long as it happens soon.
"Anything to help build up Huber Heights is wonderful and can only be an addition for me. When they have new customers, so do I," Humphrey said.
The demolition crew will complete their mission Wednesday. No word yet when construction on the new building will begin.
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