2 Cleveland homes near captivity site to be razed

CLEVELAND (AP) — Workers are tearing down two more vacant homes next to the Cleveland property where a man held three women captive for about a decade.

The abandoned houses being demolished Monday stood near the home where the women escaped in May.

That home was destroyed three weeks ago under the plea deal that spared Ariel Castro a possible death sentence and forced him to turn over the deed to the house and pay for its demolition. Castro was sentenced to life in prison.

It’s not clear what will happen to the demolition sites. There’s been talk of creating a park or a garden.

Some residents in the area contend the demolition makes way for something positive, but others argue the properties should have been fixed up as housing for the needy.

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