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Battle Continues Over Fate Of Tornado Damaged Housing

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Some residents of a low-income housing cooperative vow to go to court   Friday  to try to block a demolition order obtained by the city of Springfield.

   Twenty-six  of the 90  townhouses in the Hill Homes Cooperative were condemned by city inspectors because of damage caused by the  June 1st 2011 tornado.  The city is offering to use federal disaster relief funds to help rebuild the homes at another site, a plan the city says was endorsed by the co-op’s board. But Rhonda Sherrell said she and other long-time residents fear losing all their equity if the damaged homes are torn down instead of repaired.

   HUD has initiated foreclosure proceedings on the co-op citing a series of failed inspections.