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State grant allows city of Macomb to demolish vacant homes

The city of Macomb will soon be knocking down some eye sores.

It’s all thanks to a state grant, which officials said will allow them to clean up the area.

It’s vacant houses that city officials said have become an eye sore in town. They said this grant is a step towards making neighborhoods safer, while increasing property values for other houses on the block.

Macomb Community Development Coordinator John Bannon said the Illinois Housing Development Authority granted them 40,000 dollars to make these improvements to neighborhoods.

He said that will allow them to demolish around five vacancies in town.

“Obviously nobody lives there, they’re dilapidated or they’re back tax, etc.,” Bannon said. “So we’ll find properties that fit those definitions that we think will improve neighborhoods and we’ll move forward with our program and hopefully it improves the neighborhoods.”

Bannon said they haven’t decided which homes they are going to demolish yet.
They plan to look more into that in June.

 

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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