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Albion village will tear down dilapidated house on East State Street

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 October 2017 at 9:10 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: This house at 544 East State St. will be razed soon.

ALBION – The Village Board today approved tearing down a house at 544 East State St. The village will bear the costs for the demolition and will then sell the vacant land.

The house has been vacant for several years and has boarded up windows. It doesn’t have a driveway and is located on a bend on East State Street.

“It’s definitely a nuisance property,” said Village Trustee Eileen Banker. “We need to do something with these properties before someone gets hurt.”

Mayor Dean London said taking down the house will improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

The village Department of Public Works will knock down the house. Albion is seeking bids from contractors to remove the debris. The village’s local development corporation will pay the removal costs.

The village has a buyer for the site once the house is removed. Village officials declined to disclose that price at a special meeting today.

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