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PICS: Anderson Co. Council Voting To Demolish Dilapidated Houses

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Neighbors says abandoned homes have become a magnet for crime. Neighbors says abandoned homes have become a magnet for crime.
Terry Chapman wants to improve the neighborhood he grew up in.

"These elderly folks that worked out at the mill with my mom for 49, 50 years; they helped raise me," Chapman says.

That's why he's working with Anderson County Council to determine homes in the neighborhood that need to be torn down.

"They hurt the neighborhood," Chapman says.

Neighbors and leaders say when people move out of these homes, crime moves in. That's why Anderson County started this program last year.

'It is one of the most popular programs that we have in the county," says interim county administrator Rusty Burns.

The County has identified 173 homes that need to be demolished. They plan to use $150,000 to demolish 20 homes in the next year. Leaders says people will see property values increase but more importantly crime is immediately gone.

"One day you have a drug house in your neighborhood, the next day you have a nice smooth lot; so it is making a difference," Burns says.

"To me, that's money well used," Chapman says.
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