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Parsons continues demolitions of condemned homes


 The city of parsons is cleaning up around neighborhoods as demolitions begin on blighted homes. The homes being torn down in parsons have been standing vacant for many years and people say it's about time these "eye-sores" be removed so neighborhoods can focus on making the city better.

"Unfortunately many of the homeowners, absentee owners maybe don't have enough time to fix up the home. Or maybe it's past the point of rehabilitation, and we have to do something with it." says Parsons Public Information Officer, Kari West.

As a part of the city's development program, is set aside yearly to demolish condemned homes that have fire damage or have been neglected or abandoned by their owners.

"Every house starts off as a nuisance structure. A lot of times the homes are called in by neighbors who are concerned about the safety of the home." says West.

Homes like the one along 17th and Appleton road has been vacant for years. Neighbors of this home told us their concern is the animals living underneath the foundation.

West says owners can try to reverse the demolition phase practically until the day demolition arrives.

"Homeowners have the opportunity to fix up the home clear up until right before the demolition permit is issued." she says.

JBR' incorporated construction won the bid to demolish the city's homes this year. President, James Beachner says the process to destroy a home takes a lot less time than it does to condemn it.

"It only takes a little while to knock it down. Usually about 30 minutes to an hour. Then it takes a couple days to hull off the debris, then when it's dry enough to do our work it takes probably another day for that. SO ABOUT 2, 3, 4 days for each one." Beachner says.

The city has torn down approximately 15 homes so far this year, with another 10 on the list to be completed in the next month.


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