Abandoned homes torn down in effort to spruce up the streets in south KCMO neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A construction company tore down abandoned and dilapidated homes Tuesday to help give a local neighborhood a unique face-lift.

The demolition is part of an effort to spruce up the streets.

Kissick Construction started demolishing a home in the 8400 block of Flora Avenue around 10 a.m. and it took them about 15 minutes to knock the whole home down. The home was built in 1954 and is the 10th that Kissick has torn down this year.

Kissick is working with the city and has volunteered to tear down abandoned home in the Marlborough neighborhood for free. The neighborhood sits on the south side of the city between Troost and Indiana.

A neighbor who helped build the home that was tore down says it was hard to watch.

"It's just like a part of me is dying," Danny McQuitty said. "It's like I just got back from the hospital. They took a part of my heart out."

McQuitty said he is hopeful that someone will purchase the property and build a better home.