Sheffield Apply’s For Funds To Demo Properties

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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.

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