More homes targeted for demolition

Published 6:22 pm Tuesday, May 25, 2010

At least 12 more dilapidated homes have been targeted for demolition by the Greenville City Council as part of a grant-funded, city-wide clearance project.

26 homes – most in the Baptist Hill and Methodist Hill neighborhoods – deemed unsafe by city inspectors have already been destroyed. The city received a $250,000 Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) through ADECA to tear down the structures. Funds remaining from that initial grant, said Mayor Dexter McLendon, will be used to complete the secondary project.

“This is a good project and I’ve had a lot of good comments about it,” said McLendon.

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Additionally, 11 other homes do not meet the city’s building code, but owners have either appealed the city’s decision or have agreed to renovate the existing structure.

Addresses for the homes listed to be demolished are:

109 King Street

514 Milner Street

501 Milner Street

214 Washington Street

114 Dohrimier

2031 Pineapple Highway

360 East Parmer Street

202 Kern Street

914 Hickory Street

511 Harrison Street

701 S. Park Street

318 S. Pine Street

The city’s matching portion of the CDBG grant was $62,500.

In other business, the council:

n Approved an expenditure of $66,693 from the Capital Improvements Restricted Fund to APAC-Midsouth Inc. as part of expenses incurred for the 2010 street resurfacing project. Total cost of the project was $284,993.

City Clerk Sue Arnold said the project actually came in almost $15,000 under budget because the city’s public works department handled the striping of the streets. She said the bulk of the project was paid with the city’s gas tax funds received from the state.

n Approved the following additional expenditures: $1,585.34 to APAC for 25.5 tons of asphalt for patching; $2,316.38 to J.P. Sports Inc. for 94 cases of T-balls, baseballs, softballs, and six batting tees; $5,000 to the Alabama Municipal Insurance Corporation for the city’s law enforcement liability deductible.