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Vacant Structures are Coming Down in Dayton
DAYTON -- They're an eyesore and sometimes a hazard, but they are disappearing.
The City of Dayton tore down 648 vacant structures in 2013, and that's a record number.
Broken windows, charred boards, and rusty nails...
"It's a safety hazard for the entire area," said Mark Schmidt.
Mark Schmidt is worried about this burned out vacant home right next to his on John Street.
"It'll get set on fire again by somebody and you don't know who and the next time it could fully engulf and then spread over to my place," said Schmidt.
It's a common concern anymore in the City of Dayton, with an estimated 6,500 vacant structures.
But the city is making a dent.
They tore down 648 nuisance homes just last year.
"It just removes a lot of blight from the city and makes overall the impression of the city a whole lot better," said Kevin Powell, Acting Housing Inspector.
But Schmidt wants to know why this home isn't gone, saying it should be a priority.
"We personally go out there and check them out if we can't tear them down or we don't believe that we're going to tear them down soon and they're not secured we move as fast as we can to board them," said Powell.
While the inside of the house doesn't look safe, the housing inspector says they inspected it, and it's still structurally sound.
"We know it's not necessarily a perfect system but we know that we're not going to get all the funding we need in one year to take down all these structures so it's a work in progress," said Powell.
It's work that Schmidt says he hopes will be done soon.
"Something built there that's useful where it's not an eyesore to the neighborhood and where it's not a safety hazard," said Powell.
We called the city to see where the burned out home on John Street sits on their list, but we haven't heard back.
We also found out that vacant house fires are declining, and firefighters say it's in part because of the work the city is doing to tear them down.
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