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Mayor Hogsett kicks off new home demolition initiative on Indy's west side

Posted at 9:02 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 12:29:28-04

INDIANAPOLIS –- Mayor Joe Hogsett began to make good on his promise to tear down abandoned homes across the city Tuesday.

Crews started with a home in the 1700 block of River Shore Parkway on Indy’s west side. The house served as a model for the subdivision years ago, but lately it’s been referred to as a community eyesore.

"One of the things I started to do when people would come and ask where I live, I would say I live two houses down from the house that's burned up,” said Tyrone Chandler.

The River Shore Parkway home sate empty for a few years after a fire.

 

A group of neighbors watched crews demolish the home and said they were happy to see it go.

"It's been a long-time goal of the neighborhood - we've been talking about it, and today's the day. We had to come out to see that it's really happening,” said Jerri Patton.

Tuesday’s demolition served as the kickoff of Mayor Hogsett’s new initiative to transform 2,000 homes in two years.

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