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Task force completes second demolition
by Nneka Okona
November 06, 2012 03:25 PM | 900 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
East Point’s 50 Worst Properties task force completed its second demolition, a duplex at 1263 and 1265 Lyle Ave., on Oct. 27.

The property follows the demolition of The Los Erken Apartments on Central Avenue, the first property in the program to be demolished.

50 Worst Properties, a program whose project list was compiled during a two-year period, was created to eradicate unsafe, vacant properties in the community.

Deputy Fire Chief Corey Thornton said in order to identify properties placed on the list, a certain process is initiated.

“The way the process stands right now, we receive complaints,” he said. “Once we get a complaint, we will go out and inspect the property.”

After the initial inspection is completed, properties are placed on the official list and goes through another detailed process that includes 8 to 15 steps.

These steps include multiple inspections, locating and notifying the property owner, waiting for a response and issuing a citation if deemed necessary.

Property owners are given a chance to make corrections to avoid demolition.

Halliburton also said not all properties placed on the list will be demolished, and it depends on the severity of the property’s current state.

Sgt. Bruce Halliburton emphasized the importance of the 50 Worst Properties.

“Due to the economic downturn in the United States there have been a lot of foreclosures and people walking away from their homes,” he said. “It has really affected our community. We don’t want to have blighted and unsafe properties to be a breeding ground for crime in the city.”
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