City attacking run-down home issue

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GUTHRIE, Okla. — Old run-down homes are slowly disappearing from Guthrie neighborhoods. City officials have targeted just over 50 abandoned homes that will be torn down. The city says the abandoned homes are eyesores and unsafe.

“It's a symptom that a lot of communities face and Guthrie has a high amount of dilapidated housing because we are a historic community,” City Manager Matt Mueller said.

Officials started tearing down the homes last year.

The city tries to work with the owners to make sure the homes are removed.

In some cases, the city pays the cost to demolish the home and then bills the owner.

Mueller says the cost to remove the dilapidated homes can range from $3,000 to $11,000.

So far the city has torn down eight homes.