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Habitat for Humanity Demolishes Dover Home to Make Way for New House

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DOVER, Del. -- Habitat for Humanity began demolition Monday morning on a home in Downtown Dover that will be replaced with a new house as part of its homeowner program.

The condemned home was among three houses on the New Street that are being torn down and replaced by new Habitat homes, according to a news release from the organization.

Jonathan Gallo, executive director for the group's Kent County branch, said the vacant and abandoned homes are causing nuisances for neighbors and their replacements will help change the street's image.

"You know I had someone come up to me the other day to tell me I was tearing down their trap house. It just saddens me that they're utilizing these houses to just expose the community and the youth to drugs," he said.

Neighbor Marita Walls said she was pleased to see house and the shed behind it coming down.

"If they set the shed on fire, who's to say it couldn't have spread to other houses. That was one of my biggest fears, especially at nighttime," she said.

Stephen Walker of Dover owns a Habitat home and attended Monday's demolition news conference. He said the organization's homeowner program can help turn a neighborhood around.

"Once you see all these bad homes out here get knocked down and get replaced with great homes, man you gonna be proud to live out here.

The organization is constructing the new homes with the help of the state's Downtown Development District program, which offers incentives like grant money to help offset the cost of redevelopment.

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