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Officials tour area to view blighted buildings

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The fight against dilapidated buildings continues in Genesee County as a number of local officials got the chance to see which buildings need to be torn down.

Friday was demo day in Genesee County.

Burton Mayor Paula Zelenko says its not just vacant homes she's worried about. She says commercial blight is just as big of a problem.

That is why she was happy to see other local state and federal officials taking a bus tour across the county to see jut how bad things really are.

"The state representatives, the senators, the county commissioners, that can have an influence on funding or bringing funding to our communities that is needed to see the condition of some of these commercial properties and the impact that it's having on our communities," says Zelenko.

The folks from the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce say that there is development along the Pierson Road at I-75 area.

Zelenko says the tours are good and when leaders can see the problems first hand it gives them a better idea of how to figure things out.

Mt. Morris township officials say for the one hotel property alone it could take up to a million dollars to demolish it.

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