Rubble left in lot

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Residents in one South Side Youngstown neighborhood finally may be breathing a collective sigh of relief now that a nearby eyesore is being cleaned up.

For more than a week, remains from an old, vacant apartment building sat in piles at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Parkcliffe Avenue. Neighbors said the building was torn down about a week-and-a-half ago by a crew from a local company, Ware’s Demolition, but then the work stopped and the demolition equipment was hauled away.

All that remained was just a strip of yellow caution tape warning people to stay away.

“They said that they wanted to come in and remove all the debris within three, four days or so,” said neighbor Chauntie Bell. “It’s been about two weeks and they haven’t come back to remove it. It’s concerning, you know? Just by the way it looks. I mean, I keep my house together and nice and neat everything, and I don’t want this here. I’m upset about this.”

After talking to Bell, our station called the Youngstown Engineering Department about the problem and within a couple hours a crew from Ware’s Demolition returned to the scene with a backhoe and a dump truck and started removing the debris for proper disposal. Ware’s owner said the job was held up because of a medical problem with a worker.

Workers said the site should be cleaned up completely within a few days.

The Bethel Church of God in Christ sits across the street. Rev. Ross Johnson, the church’s pastor, said the congregation considered buying the old building to keep it from becoming an eyesore when it was suddenly demolished.

“You know we try to maintain our properties here and it looks bad,” Johnson said. ‘It’s a deterrent to people that might want to drop by this church or new members.”

He said in addition to being an eyesore, the pile of rubble also concerned him because of a potential health risk.

“Is there something that is in there that’s maybe harmful to your health or something like that?” Johnson asked. “So that’s pretty much been the concern.”

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