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Neighbors relieved with blighted home removal

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 22:19:14-04

EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich - A rundown, abandoned home which neighbors say was more than an eyesore has been demolished in Emmett Township.

The Problem Solvers first spoke with concerned residents about the blighted home along Alden Avenue in November, who said it was dangerous for families and kids playing in the area.

Authorities in Calhoun County told us in November the demolition of the home was a priority, with the county trying to secure the funding needed to do so.

Tuesday, the efforts paid off.  The home was demolished thanks in part to grants that helped supplement the cost.

The treasurer's office in Calhoun County say the same funding has helped them exceed expectations with cleanup efforts in certain areas, including the removal of about 35 blighted homes.

County authorities told FOX17 Tuesday the cost of the home removal on Alden Avenue was roughly $12,000, with around half the expenses going towards asbestos abatement.

FOX17's Cassandra Arsenault has more on this Problem Solved in the video player above.