Operation Eyesore

Abandoned houses all over Berrien County are being demolished.

It's part of a county wide clean-up to slowly weed out neighborhood eyesores.

The county says they are lucky if they break even when they pay to demolish these homes.

But the county isn’t in it to make money but to put a dent in the abandoned house problem.

This year 28 houses are set for demolition by April.

When property owners don't pay their taxes for three years the county takes possession of the land. After the house is assessed the county will decide whether or not to sell or demolish it.
“You know what I want to do is let people see that there is good that can come from the government and that we can protect you... and its the ultimate way to bring back any community,” says Berrien County’s Treasurer Bret Witkowski.

Most of the homes that are demolished are in the Benton Harbor area.

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