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Quincy makes progress on Fix-or-Flatten List

Progress is being made to clean up dilapidated buildings in Quincy. Crews were out Friday demolishing a home on Quincy’s Fix-or-Flatten List.

Neighbors of 435 Locust Street said they were beyond excited to see crews take down a dilapidated home Friday.

“My head just was going oh my gosh, get to the window. Let’s watch this come down,” said neighbor Judy Peters. “Yeah I was thrilled.”

Peters said they’ve had to deal with the eyesore for over two years and the worst part has been the smell.

“It was the animals coming out of it,” said Peters. “The smell when it rained was horrible. If you were down wind from it, which we are, it really could smell really bad. You couldn’t sit out.”

Miller Construction is doing the work for the city on this and a couple of other dilapidated homes on the fix-or-flatten list. Crews said it takes them a couple of days to complete the work.

“Usually two or three days,” said Chuck Miller. “It depends on the situation. Some of them are bigger than others.”

Crews said as of this spring, the program now requires them to take down any trees on the property as well.

“Get the house cleaned up and then all the trees have to come out on the city lots now. Then its a couple of days there getting them back filled and it’s gotta be seeded and strawed,” said Miller.

Neighbors said they are happy to see the city doing something to make their neighborhoods look a little nicer and they credit the fix-or-flatten program.

“I’ve seen the houses that are coming down, they looked like they needed to way before they came down but yeah I think it’s working,” said Peters.

Miller Construction said they will have this job site done on Monday. Then they have properties on State and Cherry streets they will work on next.

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Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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