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Kalamazoo to receive nearly $200K to combat blight

Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The state is giving Kalamazoo new money to help fight against blight.

The city will get nearly $200,000 to tear down homes, but there's also money for new housing for seniors.

We all know what a blighted house can do to a neighborhood.

It can be depressing for neighbors to see every day, and it's also expensive for a city or county.

Friday, the state housing development authority said it will give the city of Kalamazoo almost $200,000 to tear down blighted structures like that.

The city will use the money to demolish 19 houses.

Those houses have already been selected and are scattered throughout the city.

Then, the state is giving almost $1.5 million to build 10 senior homes in the existing Prairie Gardens development.

That subdivision was built on the site of a formerly blighted building.

The state also said Friday that it will give money to four other counties to fight blight.

Battle Creek will be getting $260,000 to demolish 24 houses.

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