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Delaware County buildings being torn down, residents feel relief

SIDNEY CENTER (WBNG) — Community members say three houses in the town will no longer be an eye sore with recent news of demolition.

Three vacant buildings on County Highway 23 in Sidney Center have been in the area for several years.

The town recently acquired the properties from the property owners. After that, the town started demolition.

“I know it took time but it’s an eye sore,” said David Vervalin of Sidney Center. “It’s really an eye sore. I’m glad they’re coming down before somebody get hurt.”

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Town of Sidney Highway Superintendent Jamie Roberts is relieved to see the buildings come down.

“We’ve been at it here for awhile,” said Roberts. “It’s going to be good to see them down and get it all over with and have the properties be put to lawn because we’re going to have to keep them mowed.”

Sidney Center’s Town Supervisor Gene Pigford is unsure of the future of the properties after it’s torn down.

“I really don’t know the answer to that yet,” said Pigford. “Certainly those properties, if there were interested parties, with a good responsible proposal, I think that could be a strong consideration.”

Pigford says one home will be demolished Wednesday. The other two will be torn down in the following days with a goal of being completed in a week.

A new business opened up in the town last month, Sidney Center General Store.

The owner, Sidney Kokos says she feels a sense of relief knowing the buildings will be gone.

“I’m very, very hopeful that tearing down these houses, building up the community will help tremendously in bringing back the town and also bringing more people into the town,” added Kokos.

Tweedie Construction Services in Walton is completing the demolition.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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