Faint signs of recovery in Fresno with house demolition

Four partially built houses that have sat empty in a Clovis, California, subdivision for more than two years were torn down Monday in the first step toward reviving the bankrupt development.

The first house in the Patriot Homes subdivision, on the southwest corner of Locan and Shaw avenues, came down just after 8 a.m. with the sounds of crunching wood and breaking glass echoing through the neighborhood.

"Those houses are beyond the state of repair," Clovis Mayor Harry Armstrong said.

The subdivision went into bankruptcy this year with 57 lots remaining, some with homes partially built on them and others nearly ready to be occupied.

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