Bringing Down the House: Demolition begins on unused buildings

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 12:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Metro Councilwoman Attica Scott and neighbors witnessed what they call a victory Thursday -  the breaking down of blighted buildings in the Parkland Neighborhood.

Kevin Madison's mother and grandmother, 83 and 103 respectively, waited a long time for this moment and said they never thought they'd see it in their lifetime.

"When you have abandoned properties it diminishes your property, not to mention the crime and everything else," Madison said.

An eye sore crashed to the ground at the 3000 block of Hale Avenue. A welcomed sight Madison said. His family has lived in the area for 42 years surrounded by abandoned lots.

Neighbors complained about empty homes with overgrown lawns that are three feet high with boarded-up windows.  

Scott said District One invested $25,000 into the project and the home torn down Thursday is the first of seven slated for demolition in connection with the project that will help reduce crime and rodent infestation.

"We're also eliminating hiding places for people invoked in illegal activity. Drug activity, prostitution. We're making it easier for our law enforcement," Scott said.

"She's not about political talk, she's about political action," said Madison.

Two hundred blighted homes are in desperate need of repair or demolition. However, before they can be demolished the structures have to be checked for lead and asbestos. Additionally, the homes must be approved by historical society, MSD and other agencies before work begins.

Madison said at least Thursday's demolition is a start.

"They're sitting down on the porch now happy about it. Both my mother and grandmother are happy about it," Madison said. 

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