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Millions awarded to communities to fight blight

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Two local communities will soon have fewer abandoned houses.

The Saginaw County Land Bank received $2.2 million from the Hardest Hit Fund to demolish more than 100 properties across the city.

County Treasurer Tim Novak said they’ve already created a plan to start tearing down the homes.

"Then we figure 50 to 60 more houses, so a total of 150 to 160 is our target to use up the funds and we have 18 months to spend it," said Saginaw County Treasurer Tim Novak.

Spending that money will erase the view of houses like one in the 3100 block of Fulton in Saginaw.

"It's better for the city, makes the city look better and with these abandoned houses just laying around it looks bad and if ain't nobody gonna do nothing with them, you can't do nothing but tear them down," said contractor Marc Hoosier.

Neighbors said tearing down the blight will help tear down a stigma in an area that didn’t always have these problems.

"We really are gonna be happy because it's an eyesore to the neighborhood. It brings the wrong element and it makes people think that we don't care about where we live at. And we care about where we live, and how we live and what's next door to our houses. We care," said Saginaw resident April James.

Work to demolish the houses will begin as early as this winter, and run over a year-and-a-half.

Genesee County was also awarded $1.2 million to demolish abandoned or vacant homes in that area.

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