Seymour Avenue Gets Back to Normal

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CLEVELAND – Life on Seymour Avenue is finally going back to normal.

Evangelina Rivera said she couldn’t be happier about that.

"It feels really good to not have to deal with all that traffic, and all the news people, and the questions, and having to repeat yourself over and over. So I would sit in the house,” said Rivera.

Rivera lived right across the street from Ariel Castro, the man who kidnapped Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus. He held the women captive in his home for a decade.

On Wednesday, his home was demolished. Now, the lot sits empty.

“I loved the idea of bringing it down and just leaving it,” said Rivera.

The house may be gone, but the visitors aren’t. Rivera said people are constantly driving by.

“They just sit there in their car, some of them get out and go over there by the fence and pray,” she said.

Plans for the property are still up in the air. Councilman Matt Zone said they have a few ideas, but nothing concrete.

"We’re going to work with not only the victims and their families, the residents of Seymour Avenue, but also the greater community to see what is the best and highest use of that location,” he said.

In the meantime, the city plans to plant grass and flowers so the site isn’t such an eyesore.

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