Deconstruction of Wilkes-Barre building underway

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The city of Wilkes-Barre is cracking down on the owners of problematic properties.

Demolition began Tuesday morning on a property that has been a concern for neighbors for more than a decade. What is now a pile of rubble was a three-story apartment building located on Northampton Street.

Workers began tearing the building down Tuesday morning before loading the debris into a truck to haul it away. The building was gutted by fire about 10 years ago and has been a problem for neighbors since that time.

“It was a danger to people coming by. I was afraid kids would get in there. There’s broken glass all over so we decided to tear this down,” Mayor George Brown said.

City officials tell Eyewitness News say the property was on a growing hit list of properties that pose safety and health risks to the neighbors. Mayor George Brown says they have targeted other properties across the city.

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