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DePue gets rid of a problematic home

DEPUE – After a long wait, the village of DePue finally got rid of an eyesore in the community on Friday morning.

The old, dilapidated house located at 117 Lake St. was torn down in less than an hour by Starline Construction of Ladd.

The structure had been caving in over a period of time due to a large nearby tree that had fallen onto its roof.

The village spent more than a year trying to gain ownership of the property, so the home could be demolished and the property sold.

Mayor Eric Bryant said the home had been an issue for the neighborhood for a long time. He said the structure was dangerous to children who trespassed onto the property and home to unwanted animals.

“It created a habitat for things we didn’t want in town,” he said.

The property had gone into foreclosure, and in order for the village to gain the title of it, it had to pay back taxes. Bryant said he hopes when it’s sold, the village will gain some of the money back.

“It’s a good thing, and hopefully, we will have someone interested in the property,” he said.

Bryant said this isn’t the first time the village has taken hold of a property to clean it up. Before he was mayor, an old theater building located on East Street was purchased by the village and torn down.

“It was an eyesore and a danger with the bricks falling off of it,” he said.

The demolition was a cost for the village, but the work was something that had to be done, said Bryant.

Bryant said there are still several homes throughout the community which the village is working on — trying to get homeowners to either clean them up or tear them down to make the community more presentable and a safer place to live.

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