Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor Parker Kicks Off 5th Annual Demolition Day
Demolition Initiative Targets 139 of City's Most Dangerous Buildings

May 17, 2014 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker took command of the bulldozer controls today to deliver the first blows to a blighted residential building in Independence Heights, kicking off the 5th Annual Demolition Day.  The property is one of 37 hazardous abandoned buildings spread across five Council districts targeted for demolition with the help of Houston Contractors Association volunteers.

Demolition Day launches the FY 2014 City of Houston Demolition Initiative, which will remove a total of 139 abandoned and dangerous buildings in seven City Council districts.  The buildings approved for demolition consist of residential, multi-family and commercial properties selected from a list of properties with owners who have ignored repeated requests to achieve code compliance.  The target date for the completion of all demolitions is July 31, 2014.

"The City of Houston appreciates the generosity of the Houston Contractors Association for making this initiative against blight a yearly tradition," said Mayor Parker.  "We thank the thirty-five members of HCA who donated their services and equipment to take down these buildings that degrade our neighborhoods and harbor crime.  Today's work sets the momentum for the demolition of 139 hazardous buildings over the next two months.  Ridding of these eyesores and crime havens is a giant step toward making our neighborhoods safer."

"“HCA is proud to be able to help Mayor Parker remove these dangerous and abandoned homes from our neighborhoods, and we hope that our actions will make it a little bit nicer for everyone who lives here,“ said HCA President Bruce White. "Demolition Day helps to beautify our neighborhoods, reduce crime and create a safer environment for our children and all residents." 

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The City's demolition of dangerous buildings is administered by the Department of Neighborhoods.  For more information, visit