No salvagers allowed at Flint homes set for demolition
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:32:52 GMT —
The Genesee County Land bank is banning salvagers from entering homes scheduled to be demolished.
There is currently over 1,000 homes that are in the process of being demolished in the city, using Flint's share of $100 million in federal aid for that purpose.
Materials and items ranging from concrete to copper to chandeliers and stained-glass windows are all prized by scrappers, but the Land Bank says they will not be allowed to enter or remove items from homes.
Doug Weiland, the executive director of the land banks, says, "The houses have abeen abandoned for a long time and most have already been scrapped out. The reason they are being demolished is not only because they are blighted, but because they are dangerous homes that may come down. "
The contractors hired to demolish the homes, however, are allowed to recycle what they can from the homes.
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