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January 25, 2013

Demolition of Abandoned and Dangerous Sunnyside Motel
Property the Last of City's "Dirty Half-Dozen" Most Dangerous Buildings

The City of Houston announces the demolition of the abandoned Aries Motel at 8118 Gladstone, marking the successful completion of the removal of the "Dirty Half Dozen," six commercial/multi-family properties deemed among the most dangerous in the city. In the three years that the property sat vacant and abandoned, it had become a haven for crime in the Sunnyside neighborhood.

Funding for the $28,000 demolition is being provided through a federal grant program. The work, which will take about a week to complete, will include removal of the two-story structure, the parking lot and foundation.

A new "Dirty Half-Dozen" highest priority list of properties marked for demolition will be released by the City soon. In the last three years, the city has demolished over 1,000 blighted, abandoned homes and 1,120 apartment/condominium units.

For more information, contact the Department of Neighborhoods at 832-393-0832 or send an email to To learn about the programs and services of the Department of Neighborhoods, visit

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Mayor Parker, joined by City Council member Wanda Adams, City staff
and community leaders,kicked off the demolition of the abandoned Aries
Motel in Sunnyside on January 24, 2013.

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