By Ava-joye Burnett

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It was a demolition discovery as crews who were tearing down a building in West Baltimore told police a body fell out of the building.

Crews unexpectedly found the body in West Baltimore on Wednesday, and that’s when they reportedly called police.

Word of the discovery on North Calhoun Street spread as people wondered who the person was and how long they’d been in the building.

Officials say after the discovery, the body was taken to the medical examiner’s office where the cause of death will be determined.

In a city with more than 16,000 vacant properties, some residents are concerned that hollowed out shells that were once homes will become a haven for criminal activity.

“I’m tired of looking at this. It’s depressing,” says Doni Glover, who lives in Sandtown-Winchester.

He says at least four vacant rowhomes on his block caught on fire in the last two weeks. Glover says there are vacant properties on both sides of his home.

“When I came here it was 100-percent occupancy,” says Glover.

Earlier this year, Gov. Larry Hogan spoke about a $50 million program that is geared towards demolition and re-development.

Glover says the dilapidated structures could be harboring crime. He says legislators should pass laws to attract investors who are willing to help change the landscape in West Baltimore.

“This is Sandtown, it’s like, ‘Oh it’s just Sandtown., No, we are people too,” Glover said.

Project Core was launched in 2016. Officials say more than 1,400 blighted properties have been removed since then.

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Ava-joye Burnett

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