BENTON HARBOR – The finger pointing in Benton Harbor continues. This time it involves Berrien County leaders who say a state agency is stopping their efforts to tear down two abandoned properties.
As new development and improvements pop up in Benton Harbor, Berrien County leaders though have turned their focus from Main Street to Colfax and Pipestone streets, and all of the abandoned, dilapidated properties throughout the city.
"These structures have been vacant for so long," said Bret Witkowski, Berrien County treasurer. "When a structure is vacant, it invites activity that nobody and their kids should have to be forced to live with."
At least 90 houses and structures have been demolished.
The goal is to demolish a total of 250 houses and buildings before a federal grant expires in November.
The county is on track to do that, but getting the OK to tear down structures on Colfax and a three-story brick building on Columbus hasn't been easy.