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Parsons Condemns a Dozen Dilapidated Homes

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 Parsons, Kansas has compiled its list of twelve of the worst of the worst homes to be considered for demolition. Many of these nuisances have been abandoned and sitting vacant for years.

"Eyesores you can't help but notice them," says Father of neighbor Virgil Weldon.

Out of the dozen homes condemned, half of them are already slated to be demolished next year.

“Not only is that going to make the community safer, it's also going to help improve the neighborhoods that these homes are in because if a house has major issues and no one is caring for it. Obviously it makes rest of the neighborhood look bad,” says Parsons PIO Kari West.

“It will definitely improve the property value in the neighborhood without a question,” states Weldon.

Many of the houses have been abandoned after fires left them in disrepair and neighbors are excited that something is finally being done about it.

“It's going to be a pleasure to have it gone. You can tell how close it is to our house. It's always been a concern for us,” says next door neighbor Bill Abernathie.

The Abernathies live about two feet away, and when the house was left after it caught fire six months ago it caused concern

“I don't think it's going to fall into my house. But I wish they'd do something with it,” says Abernathie.

Now that the house has been condemned, the Abernathies hope they will someday be able to buy the land

"The property is more valuable than the house is. So when something gets done with the house. Maybe we can look into getting that property to add to ours. That way nobody else can build this close to us."

In Parsons, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News.

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