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Crumbling homes to be torn down through state grant

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A blighted structure is easy to spot. A crumbling roof, broken windows, peeled off siding – homes that are an eyesore.

"If I'm living next door to a blighted structure, why would I want to make any improvements to my property," said Jim Hammond, a Bay City resident.

Residents like Hammond would like to see those abandoned homes and commercial buildings come down.

And they are getting their wish.

The state just gave the city $250,000 to tear them down.

Residents in the area, like Larry Krugielkie, who live next to blighted homes, are happy to see them gone.

"Well I'd like to see then knocked down, basically it looks like a mess around here," he said.

The grant is part of the state's blight elimination program. Bay City was one of 19 Michigan communities receiving money.

Dana Muscott, Bay City deputy city manager, said: “We do have some areas that we do need to clean up."

Muscott said the application process was tedious and over 50 other municipalities applied. And getting rid of these unsightly buildings will mean a lot to the community.

"The residents are going to be very happy to see these houses go down because this is something they stare at on a daily basis," Muscott said.

And residents are looking forward to that new view.

"I think it puts the evaluation of your home a lot higher," Krugielkie said.

Hammond said, “The idea of the city getting rid of blighted structures I think is a real good idea and I support it."

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