Tearing down to clean up|City of Brewton receives $200,000-plus grant to be used to destroy, clean up delapidated, unsafe buildings in area

Published 12:01 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2009

By by Lisa Tindell
Worn, dilapidated and unsafe structures around Brewton will be minimized soon thanks to a Community Development Block Grant awarded to the City of Brewton.
Steve Yuhasz, director of community development for Brewton, said about 100 buildings are already being considered for demolition to be funded through the CDBG project awarded by the State of Alabama.
Yuhasz said the official announcement of the award means residents who have dilapidated structures on their property will have a chance to help clean up the city.
Yuhasz said owners will be allowed to voluntarily submit their property addresses to be placed on the list.
Yuhasz also said structures that need to be torn down but not voluntarily placed on the list by the owners, may be placed on the list through other means.
Yuhasz said the $229,000 grant will go a long way in accomplishing the city’s goal of getting rid of dilapidated houses.
Yuhasz said the first step in the demolition project will be a public hearing concerning the grant funds and how they are to be used.
Yuhasz said for a structure to be eligible for demolition, certain criteria must be met.
Yuhasz said the project has several phases to complete before actual demolition can begin.
For additional information on criteria for having property included on the demolition list, contact Yuhasz or King at 809-1760. The public meeting is open to all property owners in the city of Brewton.

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