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Abandoned Prairie Township Complex to be Demolished

COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan) -- After months of wrangling, 17 abandoned buildings in Prairie Township are to be demolished.

Trustees voted to move ahead with plans to level the Metro West Apartment Complex, which is near the Hollywood Casino.

People in the area seemed supportive.

"I think they should have already done it," Davina Lewis said. "They're not going to turn them into homes so they may as well get rid of them. They're just an eyesore that's in the way."

Prairie Township leaders said the property has brought a blizzard of controversy.
Years ago it was "the" place to live. But as Columbus grew, its appeal diminished.

Most people moved out after a 2004 fire that killed 10 people, including three boys and their mom. Investigators did not determine what caused the fire and no one was charged.

The demolition is to cost $2 million, which will be shelled out by the Franklin County Land Bank and others. It is expected to be recouped when the land is assessed.

What exactly will take its place remains to be seen.
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