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Company Takes Down Buildings, for Free

Monday, January 12, 2015

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Donated time, manpower and machinery are being used to help rid Kansas City, MO, of hundreds of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.

Kissick Construction Company Inc. is the Missouri-based heavy civil contractor behind the free demolition work.

The company, which specializes in critical construction environments, has worked with the city to tear down some of the 1,200 buildings in need of demolition, according to reports by a local television station.

Kansas City
screenshot from KCTV

A Kansas City contractor is helping to clean up the city, one abandoned building at a time.

The effort, which began in November, has residents rejoicing that the buildings—which can attract both crime and varmints—are coming down, and at no cost to the taxpayers.

Removing Dangerous Eyesores

“A lot of those houses are in the neighborhood of our office,” Kissick co-owner Pete Browne told KCTV. “These are our neighbors. They have a real risk here with [these] houses […]

“We just thought that’s not the way we want our neighbors to have to live.”

KCTV reported that the city usually paid $8,500 to demolish a dangerous building.

Kissick Construction
Kissick Construction Company

Founded in 1994, Kissick Construction's portfolio includes architectural and bridge construction projects.

“The city is struggling with trying to keep up with the demolition of abandoned houses and potentially drug houses,” co-owner Jim Kissick III told the television station.

“If any of these houses happen to be drug-related abandoned houses, and we could do something to save one boy or one girl from getting involved in that activity, it would be very special to us.”

Kissick hopes his company’s efforts will inspire others to do the same.

New Plans for Lots

Thrilled residents are planning a variety of uses for the empty lots where the buildings once stood.

“We might try to build a community garden or a pocket park,” Brenda Thomas, the president of the Marlborough Community Coalition, told the news outlet.

Kissick did not immediately respond Friday (Jan. 9) to a request for more information on the project.


Tagged categories: Business matters; Community service; Construction; Contractors; Demolition; Maintenance + Renovation; North America; philanthropy

Comment from Gary Burke, (1/12/2015, 12:22 PM)

Nice to see someone making a real difference!

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