Demo Monday: City kicks off Demolition Day in Second Ward, razes 15 buildings

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The city of Houston itself was slated to demolish 15 structures July 20 as Mayor Sylvester Turner kicked off Demolition Day, the second quarterly event this year to bring attention to abandoned and dangerous buildings.

In the first six months of the year, the city had already taken action on 82 buildings, with another 46 slated for the next quarter. Officials said owners have been given chances to get the buildings up to code, but after noncompliance and a complex legal process, the buildings are allowed to be demolished.

“We always aim for owner compliance … but when owners don’t comply, we show up,” said the city’s Director of Neighborhoods TaKasha Francis at the kickoff event at 115 Milby St., in one of Houston’s recently named “Complete Communities” neighborhoods.

Turner said his hope is that by removing blight, it can make way for improved communities and new single-family homes.

“Ensuring our neighborhoods are safe and livable is a top priority,” he said.

Use the interactive map to view additional demolition permit details.

About Demo Monday: Every week, Community Impact Newspaper will update readers on demolition permit activity across Houston. Send news tips here.

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Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.
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