WARREN - The steady stream of spectators who made their way to the former Pamela Manor apartments last week to watch work crews raze the dilapidated structures didn't compare to the large crowd that gathered when the buildings were set on fire earlier this year.
Still, many of the onlookers last week were just as enthusiastic to see the buildings come down.
"Santa came early this year," exclaimed Robert Weitzel, chairman of the Northwest Neighborhood Association. The association had been fighting to get the buildings torn down for several years.
"This has been a long time coming," he said. "It's a great day for the northwest side of the city, all of Warren actually."
The two-building complex at 1157 and 1167 Tod Ave. N.W. had been vacant since September 2001. It was condemned a few years ago and ordered demolished. Weitzel said he knew the wrecking day was coming, but he didn't know when.
"I drove by there last Friday and I saw the equipment and everything," he said. "What a relief. I couldn't get over it. We had fought so long with to get it down."
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