Camden County taking over city demolitions

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 Decrepit row houses on Vine Street in Camden await demolition. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Decrepit row houses on Vine Street in Camden await demolition. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Camden County is taking over a massive demolition project in the city of Camden after the city’s own program ground to a halt.  

The plan was to demolish more than 500 blighted and dangerous structures in Camden, a city known for abandoned properties.  But the city didn’t have enough experts to move the process along and so only few buildings have been razed, said county spokesman Dan Keashan.

“In some way, shape or form, it looks to be about 12 units are in some part of the process of coming down,” he said.

As the Camden County Improvement Authority takes over, he said, “We’ve already got a healthy and robust property management team that can come in and help the city move the project forward.”

The authority does not yet have an exact figure on how many buildings will be demolished this year, he said.

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