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City poised to enter the next phase of Blight Removal Project

City poised to enter the next phase of Blight Removal Project

(Talladega, AL) The City of Talladega will soon enter the next 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 firstphase of the project, the city demolished 15 abandoned, dilapidated structures in Talladega’s Knoxville community. Beginning in February, 2023, sixteen more structures will be demolished. Addional properties will be demolished during the third phase of the program.

The blighted, unoccupied properties are demolished at no cost to the property owner, who maintains ownership of the land. Participants in the program must be the legal property owner or have a legal right to the property.

“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. “I encourage owners of abandoned homes that fit the criteria for participation in the project to take advantage of this opportunity while funding is available.”

For more information, contact City Planner Robert Buyher at rbuyher@talladega.com or Councilwoman Hall 256-315-1534.