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Milwaukee committee favors pausing deconstruction policy, after blight spread in 2018

Officials at Augustine Preparatory Academy, a private school at 2607 S. 5th St. in Milwaukee, have long planned to tear down seven vacant houses across the street from their school to make room for a parking lot and other possible developments. But in early 2018, school officials learned a recently passed city law requiring historic houses to be deconstructed rather than demolished would make their demolition plans too expensive. School officials are now calling on the city to pause the enforcement of the deconstruction policy long enough to allow them to knock down the vacant properties, which have attracted crime. (Staff photo by Nate Beck)

After seeing the number of condemned properties increase in the city last year, Milwaukee officials voted on Tuesday to recommend postponement for a city policy requiring contractors to deconstruct rather than demolish historic houses.

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Milwaukee scours coffers for costly demo job

A statue of St. Joseph stands outside boarded up former St. Mary’s convent Monday, Nov. 26 in Milwaukee.  Bids are about to be awarded to raze the former convent which is laden with asbestos and beginning to crumble.

It would cost Milwaukee an entire year’s demolition budget to tear down the former St. Mary’s convent on West Center Street, but vandalism and the fear of squatters setting fires this winter have pushed city officials to scour their coffers and schedule demolition for December.

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