Demolition of Kansas City's dangerous buildings continues

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City is launching the next phase of its plan to tear down all 800 structures on the 'Dangerous Buildings' list within two years.

The idea is that destroying vacant buildings will help cut down on crime.

“We talk about open air drug market at these abandoned houses. We talk about illegal dumping and graffiti and the most important part to me, the welfare of our children," said Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte.

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Two homes on Chelsea Avenue were torn down Tuesday and contractors came out the next day to clean up.

The city’s new program has already leveled two large commercial buildings: a former restaurant at 60th & Troost and the former Manchester School on Truman Road.

It is set to tear down 23 buildings in the next two weeks.

"Demolishing these dangerous buildings is a top priority for our citizens and this will not only enhance the overall appearance of our city but also help strengthen our efforts to generate more public-private partnerships and boost economic development," said Mayor Sly James.

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The city has set aside $10 million of its budget to fund the demolitions.

It does ask for donations from those in the demolition industry. Two businesses that answered the call are Kissick Construction and Industrial Wrecking. They will donate services for 65 demolitions. 

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