SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) – Leaders in Sheffield are seeking a way to help rid the city of nuisance properties.
Dozens sit abandoned; some boarded up, all of them officials say are bringing down property values.
Sheffield has been approached with a solution to demolish the properties at no cost to the land owner.
A block grant through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development is being applied for by the city of Sheffield to help cover expenses.
“It is a great opportunity for the city and the property owners, because it is at no cost to them. A house that has been sitting there for years and years, it is a good opportunity to have it taken down and make it a maintainable lot,” explained Celia Kelley, a Sheffield Building Inspector.
According to a city spokesperson, close to a dozen of the targeted owners have expressed interest in having their property cleared-off by the city.
Sheffield leaders are hoping that publicity will help raise that number.