Photos! Demolition of blighted Richmond property a success

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A blighted Richmond property was torn down as part of a plan to reduce neighborhood blight.
This property on Leke Way in Parchester Village was successfully removed Sunday.

The Richmond Police Department’s code enforcement team released photos Tuesday of the recent demolition of a home in Parchester Village, part of an ongoing effort to reduce blight in Richmond.

The home at 4117 Leke Way was a “severely dilapidated, burned out structure and detached shed” that was home to squatters, said Tim Higares, code enforcement manager. The structures were removed Sunday.

“The property owner has been deceased for many years and the property was continuously inundated with squatters and police calls for service until it caught fire last year,” Higares said.

This is the third in a series of demolitions meant to eliminate the worst Richmond properties that are creating blight in neighborhoods. A fourth structure at 2436 Maricopa Ave. is scheduled to be razed within 30 days, Higares said.

Check out the before-and-after photos of the demolition effort on Leke Way:

A blighted Richmond property was torn down as part of a plan to reduce neighborhood blight.

A blighted Richmond property was torn down as part of a plan to reduce neighborhood blight.

A blighted Richmond property was torn down as part of a plan to reduce neighborhood blight.

A blighted Richmond property was torn down as part of a plan to reduce neighborhood blight.

A blighted Richmond property was torn down as part of a plan to reduce neighborhood blight.

A blighted Richmond property was torn down as part of a plan to reduce neighborhood blight.

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