- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey city is having trouble carrying out part of its plan to deal with blight.

Camden officials put a contract out for bid to tear down 64 abandoned buildings, most of them in the Whitman Park neighborhood, in the first phase of a massive wave of planned demolitions.

City business administrator Robert Corrales said earlier this year that the city would have the initial 64 structures and another 500 razed by the end of the year.

But the first request attracted just one bid. And the contractor who made it withdrew the offer hours after making it.

The initial demolition was to be funded with a $970,000 federal grant.

The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill (https://on.cpsj.com/1G20yue ) reports it’s not clear how the city will proceed now.

Officials say abandoned structures are havens for crime, drug use and also destructive raccoons in a city that ranks as one of the most impoverished in the nation.

The city has also contended over the years with arsons in abandoned warehouses.

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Information from: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J.), https://www.courierpostonline.com/


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