Preparations are being made to demolish buildings in Springfield, damaged by a tornado in 2011. The buildings are part of the Hill Homes Housing Cooperative on Hickory Street.
The city has been trying for two years to get the buildings either repaired or torn down for safety reasons. A judge ordered the property owners to tear down the buildings back in August or the city would come in and do it, and put a lien on the property to pay for it.
A group of residents and concerned citizens tried to file court papers to block the demolition, but a judge turned down the request.
Some residents at Hill Homes said they believe the buildings could have been repaired if the property management company had acted quickly enough. They said looting of copper in the walls and vandalism in the two years since the tornado has made repairs much more expensive. Associations Property Management, which manages the property was not available for comment.
Associate City Solicitor Lisa C. DeSousa said she understood the property owners were using insurance money to pay for the demolition of the buildings.
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