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The Kent Parks and Recreation Department began demolition of the home at 803 Fairchild Ave. situated on the corner of the Fairchild Athletic Fields Monday.
The home was purchased about five years ago with the intention to eventually raze it and square off the athletic field and park complex, Parks and Recreation Director John Idone said.
"We've been renting the house over the last couple years with the anticipation that we'd tear it down and make it part of the complex there," he said. "We've reached that point now, where we had some renters in there, but now it's vacant and we're going to take the opportunity to remove it and make it officially part of the park."
Last week, Habitat for Humanity was given access to remove anything that may be useful to the organization such as doors, molding, fixtures and more.
Dave Helmling Excavating is performing the demolition, which will cost about $5,000.
Once demolition is complete, Parks and Recreation will use donated dirt from the East Main Street site of the future Portage County Municipal Courthouse the fill the foundation.
"They need to get rid of some dirt and I have a basement (at the Fairchild site) I need to get filled," Idone said.
The park and athletic fields area may be home to a recreation center in the future, Idone said, but if that's the case, it's a long way off.
"That site was originally purchased for a future recreation center, so that's a long-term goal for the property, but for now we're just removing the house," he said, adding that the demolition will save the department in the long run, since it the property will no longer be on the tax roll.
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