Florence to Tear Down Dilapidated Homes

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The city of Florence has been given the go ahead to tear down several homes that have been declared nuisance properties.

Florence spokesman Phil Stevenson is crediting federal grant money in allowing the city to tear-down the homes vacated by their owners.

Seven properties have been deemed blight by building inspectors across the city in the past year.

Five have already gotten the green light by the state historic commission to be torn down.

The demolition of the vacated homes Stevenson said, comes down to a public safety issue for residents.

“Not that these are any particular problems with the ones we are looking at right now, but in the past we’ve had some where drug dealers use to hang out a little bit and no one would bother them there,” said Stevenson.

City planners hope to get final approval on the last two properties on the list in the coming months to tear them down.

All the work is being paid for by a community development block grant issued by HUD.