In May 2014, the 24-7 police presence, and an incessant line of gawkers, is gone


CLEVELAND -- The stretch of Seymour Avenue where 2207 once stood is no longer marked by a street signs, but that doesn't stop people from finding it.

But for Emma Jean and her neighbors, it's starting to feel like home again.

"People been quiet. People don't talk, folks in the area, about what happened before," said Jean.

Jean has been here for 14 years since her house was built by Habitat for Humanity. She's already paid it off and plans to stick around for a while.

The neighborhood has had quite a year.

But in May 2014, the 24-7 police presence, and an incessant line of gawkers, is gone. So is the House of Horrors.

The house was torn down in August, along with two vacant properties next door.

"The street should get better now," said Jean.

The area is in the hands of the Tremont West Development Corporation. Years from now it could be residential, commercial, greenspace. Executive Director Cory Riordan says first the community needs time to heal.

"It's a sensitive site for obvious reasons, so we're going to be very deliberate with the process. And any plans and any ideas to really vet it with the most directly impacted neighborhood," he said.

It's the residents of Seymour and Amanda, Gina and Michelle that should get a say on future of the space.

Whatever it is, Riordan says it will mark a transition and add to the beauty of the neighborhood, not take away.

Two new renters moved onto Seymour Avenue this spring. The street doesn't have to be scarred they say, there's hope for something more.

"The neighbors deserve that," said Riordan.

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