City of Talladega forges ahead with second phase of Blight Removal Project
March 13, 2023
(Talladega, AL) The City of Talladega has forged ahead with the second phase of its Blight Removal Project, which was funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) awarded through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA.)
In 2022, during the first phase of the project, the city demolished 15 abandoned, dilapidated structures in Talladega’s Knoxville community. Beginning in February 2023, the city began the process of demolishing at least sixteen additional structures.
The blighted, unoccupied properties are demolished at no cost to the property owners, who maintain ownership of the land. Participants in the program must be the legal property owner or have a legal right to the property.
Demolition was completed at the following addresses in March 2023: 102 McClellan, 104 McClellan, 333 Davis Street, 406 Ave. H, 608 Ave. H, 526 Ave. G., 831 Ave. H, 709 Scott Street, 711 Scott Street, 716 Scott Street, 722 Scott Street, and 860 Short Scott Street.
Additional sites to be demolished in March 2023 include 147 Lide, 422 Park Circle, 816 Scott Street, 406 Davis Street, 519 Ave. H., 816 Scott Street, and 916 Summer Street.
“Demolishing abandoned, dilapidated homes helps increase property values and reduce crime while also restoring community pride,” said City Manager Seddrick Hill Sr. “We are actively pursuing additional private and federal funding for infrastructure improvements that will help transform communities.”
“Feedback from property owners in Knoxville who had their abandoned homes demolished has been extremely positive. Also, residents are thrilled to see fewer dilapidated buildings in our community,” said Councilwoman Vickey Hall.
For more information, contact City Planner Robert Buyher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Councilwoman Hall 256-315-1534.