DHA ready to submit demo request to feds

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The Danville Housing Authority is one step closer to getting six buildings in Fair Oaks demolished.

It’s about 20% of the city’s largest public housing complex where violence is often reported. It’s not a done deal, but the process is moving forward.

DHA says it now has everything it needs to submit the request to the federal government. Officials say they’re sending it first thing in the morning.

If the demolition is approved, it would get rid of about 60 apartments in the complex. Families who live there would be relocated or given Section 8 housing vouchers. Those can be used anywhere in the country.

Officials say the buildings are old, run down and too close together. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer says giving people in Fair Oaks better housing will give them a better shot at upward mobility.

Meanwhile, the federal government will take no more than 105 days to decide.

DHA has tried to knock down buildings in Fair Oaks for years. Its last request, in 2015, was denied. Officials say, this time, they think they have a much better shot at approval.

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