FLORENCE, Ala. – A major city clean-up project is underway in Florence right now. Working with property owners, the city is removing dilapidated structures considered a nuisance.
“We remove the building itself and clear the lot, in hopes of completing the circle of redevelopment,” said Florence Planning Director Melissa Bailey.
Community Development Block Grants cover the costs.
Bailey said the city got serious about cleaning up structures like these five years ago. More than 125 blight properties have been demolished to date.
“Five years ago we started out with just a handful a year, and now we are working on 20 or 30 a year,” Bailey explained.
“Our number one mission is to ensure that we are creating great neighborhoods, or making great neighborhoods even better,” Bailey stated.
When it’s all said and done, the property owner can redevelop or sell the lot.
According to city leaders in Florence, there are more than 100 structures which have been identified as blight properties.
Property owners wishing to participate in the removal program can contact the Florence Planning Department.