Kansas City doesn't meet demolition goal
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Despite promises of an aggressive campaign to demolish blighted buildings around Kansas City, officials acknowledge they're only halfway toward their two-year goal.
The city promised to raze 1,000 decaying and abandoned buildings in two years, but has managed to take down about 500. Mayor Sly James points out that the city previously had been averaging about 100 demolitions a year.
The Kansas City Star reports the demolition list has grown to 1,340 structures. And with each house demolition costing the taxpayers nearly $10,000 on average, the city won't catch up at this rate given the current $1.6 million set aside annually for that purpose.
But the city said it's going to continue the effort.