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Crime-ridden convenience store razed

Dec. 05, 2012 @ 11:53 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Wednesday's demolition of a crime-ridden gas station is a Christmas gift for the Fairfield community.

Those were the words of Sandra Clements, the City Council member who represents the district, as she and others watched an excavator reduce a longtime eyesore to rubble at 1954 9th Ave.

For years, the corner convenience store and gasoline station represented everything bad about Fairfield West attracting drugs, prostitution and violence. That began to change earlier this year with an investigation that revealed at least $127,000 in food stamp fraud and the city's declaration of the property as a public nuisance.

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