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Construction company tearing down vacant homes for free

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Vacant homes are eyesores in neighborhoods that attract varmints and crime, and a local company is doing its part to clean up communities.

Kissick Construction Co. has worked with area governments to start tearing down unsafe and boarded up homes at no cost to taxpayers.

Residents are thrilled, saying too often people dump trash outside the homes or vagrants are drawn to them.

"There are a lot of raccoons, opossums and rats that roam the neighbor because of these vacant houses," said Larhonda Gordon, who lives next door to one of the thousands of vacant houses that dot Kansas City.

The contractor typically builds large projects, but Jim Kissick wanted to put his company's equipment and worker's skills to good use. He knew Kansas City is struggling to keep up. 

He worked with officials to get the red tape torn down so he can start off by tearing down five houses.

"The city was struggling with trying to keep up with the demolition of abandoned houses and potentially drug houses," Kissick said. "If any of these houses happen to be drug-related, abandoned houses and we could do something to save one boy or one girl from getting involved in that activity, it would be very special to us."

Residents, such as Gordon, are grateful.

"I'm so excited. I can't wait to see it. I might celebrate when they tear it down," she said.

Kissick hopes that his efforts will inspire other construction companies to help out by demolishing vacant homes at no cost to taxpayers.

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