Mayor's 2013 Demolition Initiative targets 136 blighted and dangerous buildings
May 18, 2013 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today kicked off the City’s4th Annual Demo Day by taking the first bulldozer swipe at a run-down property at 4522 Lavender Street in Kashmere Gardens. She was joined by City officials and staff, volunteers from the Houston Contractors Association (HCA), civic leaders and residents.
Demo Day launches Mayor Parker’s 2013 Demolition Initiative, which includes the razing of 136 dangerous buildings at locations throughout the city over the next two months. Buildings approved for demolition include residential, commercial and multi-family structures selected from a list of properties for which the hearing orders have expired and property owners have ignored numerous requests to secure.
“Making our city safer is one of my highest priorities,” said Mayor Parker. “In the last three years, we have torn down more than two thousand dangerous structures, including some of the worst blighted apartments that posed safety concerns for residents. Today, with the help of HCA volunteers, we’re excited to launch our fourth annual initiative to rid neighborhoods of these eyesores and havens for criminal activity such as prostitution and drugs. The goal is to promote public safety and improve and vitalize our neighborhoods.”
On Demo Day, HCA volunteers bulldozed 39 structures at sites in 14 zip code areas. City contractors will clear the debris in the weeks that follow. The remaining buildings will be razed during May and June, with the completion of all projects expected by July 31.
“HCA is proud to be able to help Mayor Parker remove these dangerous and abandoned homes from our neighborhoods," said Richard Peltier, HCA president. "We hope that our actions will make the neighborhoods a little bit nicer for residents."
City funding for the demolition initiative is available under the Dangerous Building Fund, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and the TIRZ Affordable Housing Fund. The bonds approved by voters last fall will be used to help cover the costs of future demolitions of blighted properties, specifically to make way for the construction of new affordable housing.
For a list of buildings approved for demolition, click on the following link: https://www.houstontx.gov/citizensnet/2013demolitionlist.pdf.
The Mayor’s Demolition Initiative is administered by Inspections & Public Service (IPS), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods. For information about IPS visit: www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.