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  • CLEVELAND --  For 81 days, the Seymour Avenue neighborhood has been stuck in the international spotlight.

    No one in the community asked for the attention brought to their doorstep by Ariel Castro.

    Now after his guilty plea, neighbors are looking for fresh start.

    "It's like a new beginning; its good."

    De'Andrea Harris has lived across the street from Ariel Castro since January. She picked Seymour Avenue because it was quiet. That all changed for her and her kids back in May.

    "The kids keep looking at the house and the fence. It's nice today we can start getting it over with," said Harris.

    Friday's plea deal by Castro is the start of getting over it.

    City Councilman Brian Cummins went door-to-door checking on the neighbors. They are relieved there won't be a trial and the victims and neighbors won't have to testify.

    "They were actually concerned that they may have to testify in this court case," said Cummins.

    Julio Castro's corner store down the block has been open for over 40 years. He closed today on the day his nephew accepted his guilt in court.

    The memories of what happened inside 2207 Seymour Avenue will never move out.

    But soon the gawkers may be gone, the media may be gone and Ariel Castro's house will be gone too. It will be demolished very soon.

    De'Andrea may soon get her quiet street back.

    "It's a move in the right direction. As of now, that its over I'll be able to sleep well. Sleep very well."

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