Montgomery City Leaders Tearing Down Eyesore Homes

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By Catalina Trivino

In Montgomery -- the city council is demolishing vacant homes that have become eyesores. Council members say they want to clean up the city and cut down on crime.

 

"X" marks the spot, along with signs saying the house will be torn down because it is a public nuisance.

The 20 homes are located along April Court and Crescent Road (just off West South Boulevard) and Provost Avenue (near Troy Highway).

Many with broken windows, walls torn down and some with even roofs on yards.

Leonard Hall has lived on one of those streets for most of his life and after staring at them for years, he says they need to come down to make his neighborhood cleaner and safer.

"It makes everybody else look bad when you come through and you see all the other houses that's not up to par. But I think it'll look a lot better if they tear them down and rebuild them," Said Hall.

Montgomery Councilman, Arch Lee, says the homes have been abandoned for years.

"And it leads to decreased property values, it leads to crime, just a lot of bad things going on in there so we've, since I've been on the council, even before, but certainly been trying to aggressively get rid of these bad ones," Said Lee.

He says the city has been sending letters asking the homeowners to fix up the home. Still, no answer from any of them.

Montgomery Police Chief, Kevin Murphy, says the homes have been a magnet for crime...

"Left unchecked, a lot of these communities, which have become havens for drug activity, and prostitution and violent crime. We do focus on these areas when they're in that condition because we know that's where the problems are," Said Montgomery Police Chief, Kevin Murphy.

Property owners can appeal the demolitions, but if they don't speak up within the next three weeks, they'll see their houses being torn down not long after that.

City leaders say it could cost anywhere beteween 15- and 21-hundred dollars to tear down each home...

City leaders say it could cost anywhere beteween $1,500and $2,100 to tear down each home.

 

Both city officials and police say these areas are no stranger to crime, so now they'll be demolishing 20 dilapidated homes across Montgomery.

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