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Demolished home creating a health hazard in Worcester neighborhood

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Three weeks after snow caused a building to partially collapse in Worcester neighbors are furious the debris is still sitting there.

“If you just saw how many neighborhood kids had to walk down this street and walk by it it’s a hazard,” Debbie Bolz said.

The building was foreclosed by JP Morgan Chase and was vacant at the time of the partial collapse. Crews were forced to further demolish the building but the pile of debris and parts of the home are still sitting on the lot.

Glass, wood and rusty nails have become a problem for neighbors who protested in front of the house on Monday, blaming the banks for letting homes fall into disrepair.

“Banks are doing this to our neighborhoods. They take these properties, empty them out and neglect them until they collapse,” Jon Marien, a member of the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team, said.

City officials said this is part of a larger problem that began with the 2008 economic downturn. They said there are 800 foreclosed residential buildings in Worcester and nearly half of them are vacant.

“This city has almost become like property managers to these foreclosing properties. We’ve cleaned up trash, we’ve cut grass we’ve cleared snow. As the city we are stuck with the properties as well,” Worcester Director of Housing and Health Inspections Amanda Wilson said.

JP Morgan Chase said it’s looking into matter, meanwhile city officials said a local bank that’s servicing the property for JP Morgan has agreed to completely demolish the building and remove debris in the next month.
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