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Homes demolished

February 21, 2002

Homes demolished



By SCOTT BUTKI
scottb@herald-mail.com


Six flood-damaged Hancock homes were demolished Wednesday, moving the town a step closer to converting the land for a park, Town Manager Louis Close said.

It took Earthmovers Unlimited Inc. of Kylertown, Pa., about five hours to raze the houses on West Main Street, Close said.

A crowd, ranging in size from 10 to 35 people, watched the demolitions, Close said. Among those watching at times were children from a local day care center, he said.

The residences were damaged in 1996 by flooding from the Potomac River and the Little Tonoloway Creek. The Federal Emergency Management Agency had recommended the flood-prone homes should be torn down.

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The owners voluntarily sold the properties, according to Close.

Mayor Daniel Murphy had referred to the damaged homes as "an urban blight."

"It sure feels good to have it down," Murphy said after the demolition.

The Hancock Lions Club plans to maintain a park on the land where the homes had been. The park will have a replica of a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal boat and a bandshell, Murphy said.

"The park will enhance the area a great deal," he said.

Close said the town received federal, state and county money to help purchase and demolish the buildings, he said.

The demolition cost about $32,400, and the total project cost was about $350,000, he said.

Close said the cost to the town was about $60,000.

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