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Grant allows Sheffield to pull down 'eyesores'

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The city received a $250,000 grant to pull down dilapidated homes. The city received a $250,000 grant to pull down dilapidated homes.

Property owners in Sheffield can now apply to have their dilapidated homes and buildings torn down at no cost to them.

City officials say owners can submit their applications through the city's building department. They hope this program will help make the city more appealing to the eyes.

The city will use a $250,000 grant to demolish select houses and buildings in the area. To qualify, the homes have to have been vacant for at least 90 days and have been deemed a nuisance or an eyesore to the city and surrounding neighbors.

If a property is selected for this program, city officials will have workers come in, demolish the property, and then turn it over to the original owners.

Sheffield's code enforcement officer says this project is necessary to build a brighter future for the city. "We're just trying to make it more attractive and bring in more businesses and people," said Celia Kelley. "Right now, if you were to look around, it doesn't look that attractive. Hopefully this is something that will give us that direction."

According to the grant, the city is required to pay 20% of the demolition cost. Property owners have until August 1 to submit their applications to take advantage of this project.

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