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Neighbors try to take Heritage House issues into their own hands

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You cant miss the huge decaying eyesore of the Heritage House Hotel. It has been empty since 1995. In February, the city finally got a judge to order the owners to demolish it, but the owners appealed.

People who live nearby say if the building isn't coming down, it should at least be better secured.

Resident Joe Coleman says "I'm gonna try to persuade the city to do the right thing and come in with a crew and board up these buildings that have been open like this for all sorts of activity to be taking place".

Joe Coleman lives directly behind the Heritage House. He says it's too easy for troublemakers to get in the building, and that's making his neighborhood dangerous.

He says people coming and going from the building often end up in his yard. Coleman says it's the city's duty to take care of the problem.

Coleman and others in the area hope the demolition appeal is decided soon. So something will finally be done with Albany's biggest eyesore.

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