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Final home demolished as part of re-development project in Huntington

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Dozens of homes were torn down in Huntington's Fairfield West neighborhood, where crime, violence and arsons were a concern.

More than 50 homes were taken down in all; the demolitions took about a month.

"It will keep all the people away, all of the people that are killing people, all of the drugs away," said Greg White of Huntington

Now there are plans to put in low and mixed income housing.  City officials say some of the land where the vacant homes once stood has already been purchased.

But that is not the only idea to transform the neighborhood.  City officials are considering commercial development, where the North Cott Court Apartments currently stand on Hal Greer Boulevard.

Demolition on those apartments could start this spring; the Housing Authority is assisting residents with finding a place to stay according to Charles Holley, Director of Development and Planning for the city.

That development could mean jobs for people who live nearby.  Some of those projects could start as soon as this spring and it could take years for all of those projects to be complete, according to city officials.