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Condemned buildings coming down in Findlay

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FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Several buildings along North Main Street in Findlay are finally coming down after sitting empty for years.

The buildings were damaged by flooding in 2007, and have sat vacant and rotting since.

"The buildings were condemned, the roofs were leaking, the foundations were cracked," said Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek. "These were older buildings that just needed to come down, and finally, we've reached that process."

Demolition crews wasted no time. Leaders say they expect the 45-day process to wrap up in one week.

"We started yesterday and took down six of the eight buildings, and the two remaining ones will be done this afternoon," Gazarek said.

Once the dust has settled, commissioners say a park is going up. Jay Kay, who works across the street from the space says the park will be good for the remaining businesses on Main Street.

"It will be better for us, because people will be visiting the park in the evening, so maybe people will come to our store and it will improve our business," Kay said.

The demolition project will cost $37,000 and is being paid for by a Moving Ohio Forward grant.

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