CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - As a giant claw began the job of tearing through rotten wood and a home full of debris left or dumped there over the years, neighbors couldn’t help but capture the moment on cellphone cameras.
It is understandable because, for years, Mary Keith and others saw a mess out their front doors.
“It’s good to see an eyesore gone, but at the same point in time, it is kind of destroying the neighborhood you grew up in. There’s not a lot left. Absolutely. I remember playing on the porch and everything,” said Kim Keith as she watched.
The home will be gone, but her memories remain.
Because of the rotted wood, there wasn’t a lot of support, so demolition crews had to be careful. It also meant the job wouldn’t take long.
“For us to take it down, knock the building down, about an hour, hour-and-a-half as long as we don’t run into any structural issues,” said supervisor Everton Mosby.
The city of Cleveland came and spread packets of rat poison around the neighborhood as well as in Mary’s garage, just in case. As it turns out, all that was seen leaving the home was a single possum.
The hope is that with the home gone, other problems with it will disappear.
“Squatters, people doing drugs, soliciting, prostitution all that in these abandoned houses,” said Kim Keith.
“City always come up with something to get something did when you bring the media into it. Then they always find something somewhere. But not until then. Not until then,” said Mary Keith who is frustrated, but happy that her efforts paid off.