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Demolition of Abandoned Houses Makes Way for New Development

By Drew Fitzpatrick

Buffalo, NY – Mayor Byron Brown defended the city's demolition program outside a vacant house that was being torn down Tuesday.

His administration has been under fire in the media for the way the city handles its abandoned properties.

Eight vacant houses will be demolished on Woodlawn Avenue and Kehr Street to make way for new homes. Brown said the city is working with a private developer to stabilize a once great and once proud neighborhood.

"It is this kind of partnership that brings positive, long-term stability to our city's residential neighborhoods," Brown said.

The city is partnering with the development arm of the True Bethel Baptist Church.

This is part of the mayors 5 in 5 demolition plan to tear down 5,000 structures in 5 years.