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More than $10,000 raised to tear down vacant home in Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (08/15/14) - Neighbors are elated.

Ten days before the deadline, the goal is met. More than $10,000 has been raised to tear down an eyesore on Parkbelt Drive on Flint's north side.

When we spoke to the man heading it up - via Skype from San Francisco two weeks ago - he was optimistic.

Wednesday, he posted on the fundraising page: "Mission Accomplished!"

Friday, Gordon Young told us it's great to see that so many care enough about Flint to step up and give something back to the city.

Crystal Ashburn Brown walked the neighborhood, handing out flyers and asking people to donate.

"I felt like if Gordon started a program to help us tear down a house, the least we could do was help out with donations," she said.

Now that the money has been raised, the Genesee County Land bank can move forward with plans to demolish the house. Neighbors on Parkbelt Drive are now focused on what is going to happen to the property once the house is gone.

"We've got some suggestions," Brown said.

They include a garden or play area for the kids on the street.

Land Bank executive director Doug Weiland would like to see an adjacent homeowner buy the property. He says it will take a few months for demolition to begin, but the house should be gone by fall.

Any money raised on the fundraising page in the next eight days will also go to the landbank. Weiland says the demolition will likely cost 13,000 because of environmental remediation work needed inside. If the campaign doesn't reach that amount, the landbank has committed to make up the difference.

"Flint has a storied past, but I think this shows that it also has a future," Young said.

You can still donate on the Indiegogo fund raising page until Aug. 22. To do so, click HERE.
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