City officials and residents say condemned houses are ruining Sandusky neighborhoods and making them dangerous for children.
As of May 14, Sandusky had 30 condemned houses. The city condemns houses deemed unsafe and unfit for habitation, which could include houses with structural damage and/or unsanitary conditions.
Melanie Caffey, 48, lives with her two grandchildren across from 127 Neil St., which is one of two condemned houses on the 100 block.
"Cats, bats, rats, possums, and owls," Caffey said about what she's seen around the house.
A Neil Street man said his family is moving away. One reason is because the neighborhood has gotten so bad.
"When you have condemned houses in the neighborhood it brings the neighborhood down and crime goes up," said Sandusky Assistant police Chief Charlie Sams. "You see crimes from assault to drug dealing, to underage drinking to disorderly crowds, to loud music."
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