Seymour Avenue Homes Demolished

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CLEVELAND -- A demolition crew arrived on Seymour Avenue ahead of schedule Monday to tear down two more houses to make way for a positive space in the community.

(Before: Two vacant Seymour Avenue houses before demolition on Aug. 26, 2013.)

(Before: Two vacant Seymour Avenue houses before demolition on Aug. 26, 2013.)

The vacant houses neighbor the lot where Ariel Castro's home used to stand.

It was destroyed Aug. 7 after he was convicted of aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping.

Castro, 53, admitted to abducting three young women and holding them captive in his home for about a decade.

Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus escaped in May.

(After: Two Seymour Avenue houses were demolished on Aug. 26, 2013.)

(After: Two Seymour Avenue houses were demolished on Aug. 26, 2013.)

Both of the vacant houses were torn down before noon.

The Cuyahoga Land Bank expects the lots will be cleared and filled with dirt by 6 p.m.

Crews will return Tuesday to plant grass.

The survivors and community members will help determine what will be done with the land in the near future.

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