YPSILANTI (WWJ/AP) – Officials in Ypsilanti have approved a plan to tear down a vacant home that’s become infested with raccoons and squirrels.

The City Council voted Tuesday in favor of demolishing the boarded-up home at 25 Bell Street, near South Huron and Spring streets.

The owner has entered into an agreement with the city agreeing that the 1,497-square-foot property should be demolished. Neighbors say the building is a hazard and has been an eyesore for almost 10 years.

A fire department official inspected the home and said there were parts he couldn’t walk through because he was concerned the floor might collapse.

Attorney Jesse O’Jack said because the owner has been paying escrow fees on the property, he believes the demolition of the house will not be billed to the city, AnnArbor.com reported.

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