Neighbors fight to demolish abandoned Portsmouth school

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by Karen Hopkins,13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 4 at 6:21 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- Some neighbors are fighting to demolish an abandoned high school in Portsmouth.

Cradock High School, built in 1954, has been boarded up for more than a decade. It closed in 1992.

"It's been attracting rats and homeless people," Councilman Bill Moody said.

Over the past four years, the city has tried to sell the property to Coastal Development Company, but the deal has not gone through.

Moody says families are upset that people are dumping trash on the curb outside the school.

The city has an ordinance where trash is not supposed to be set on the curb until the day before the pickup.

"It's pretty horrendous and widespread out there,"  Moody said.

Click here for a look inside the closed Cradock HS from June 2011

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