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Abandoned Buildings in Trenton

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Hank Flynn looks into another building collapse in Trenton on East State Street.  This collapse happened late last week and almost killed a homeless man who was squatting in the area.  People who live by these "dumps" claim that it is a recurring problem.

Adam Henry lives across the street from the building and spoke to Chasing New Jersey about the issue.

"It's a big worry.  My concern moving in were rodent problems, mold and maybe even vagrants running in and out of it causing fires," Henry says.

In fact, there are thousands of abandoned buildings in Trenton.  Many of them were built a century ago and were used to house workers of the local factories.

Cook School has stood empty for years. It is a shell of a building now with no windows and a huge "Help please!!!" scratched into the drywall inside.

Reasons for the decay include bad ownership and absentee landlords and Chasing New Jersey found that there isn't much incentive for people to move into the area and try to fix things up.

One resident says it is even hard to get simple town services completed like an overgrown tree trimmed and other under whelming city responses to  overwhelming city problems.

The Chasers found that many of the abandoned buildings are actually city owned.  Two separate auctions were held in 2011 and 2012 but people who bid on the buildings with an interest in helping rebuild say they ended up with their hands tied because of red tape in the city government.

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