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Pittsburg looks to improve neighborhoods by taking down dilapidated buildings

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Damaged and abandoned homes in Pittsburg will soon come down. 

The city is working to clean up properties and structures that are eyes-sores.

More than 25 homes have already been demolished.

Pittsburg resident Carl Pepper's childhood home was torn down on Thursday. 

"You lose the place you grew up in and that's its kind of hard you know," said Pepper. 

The family recently sold the home and land because they were unable to keep up finically.  

The city brought in a demolition crew to take down the dilapidated home. 

"We have probably 75 to 100 homes that need attention," said Pittsburg's Building Official Tim Bell. 

Bells says the city  follows up on calls from neighbors and people in the community about homes that are left un-kept. 

Ordinances in place would allow the city to demolish a home if repairs are more than 50% of the value. 

"The whole idea is to try and get some of these dilapidated houses off the market and replace with newer stock," said Bell. 

Some of the structures are abandoned with boarded up windows, and pose a safety hazard.

"They become real hazard for kids getting into them. A lot of them are being vandalized," Bell said. 

Pepper says he will miss his childhood home but will always remember the foundation where he grew up.

"It was a great place to you know grow up," said Bell.  

The city has programs through the community development office to help with financing a demolition. 
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