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Five locations have been approved to undergo demolition in Elsberry following the City Council Meeting on Sept. 14th. 

The five sites were chosen through a residential demolition grant program through the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) offers grants to Missouri communities with a city population under 50,000. The pandemic put a halt to the plans for the CDBG program in Elsberry but is now moving forward. 

“The City of Elsberry has been waiting for this project to be completed for quite sometime now and are happy that the final approval from the government came down to us last week,” said Elsberry Mayor Michael Short.

The city of Elsberry was accepted for the CDBG program back in 2019 and has received the go-ahead to start the process on residential demolition.

The purpose of the grant is to assist communities like Elsberry with the demolition of vacant and potentially dangerous structures. The dilapidated structures can be replaced with community gardens, parks and other open spaces. There are no current plans to replace the soon-to-be-vacant lots as of now.