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Fence removed from Anniston public housing community

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Anniston officials begin the demolition by taking down a section of fence. (Source: WBRC video) Anniston officials begin the demolition by taking down a section of fence. (Source: WBRC video)
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The removal of a fence is being called the beginning of a new era in Anniston's public housing communities.

On Monday, city and public housing officials held a news conference and ceremony in which the first section was removed from a fence that surrounded Cooper Homes. The fence was put up years ago, supposedly to keep what were termed as "troublemakers" out of the area.

More recently, residents said the fence itself made them feel unsafe and made them feel cut off from the community. Police Chief Shane Denham says his department will step up patrols in the area and city officials say they expect a new era of cooperation between the residents, the surrounding area and the city.

I think this is one of those things that will just have a ripple effect. You know, the community will see the commitment, by removing these barriers, and I think you'll see more proactivity on both sides -- on the community, and these departments of the city as well," said Anniston City Councilor Seyram Selase.

Housing officials say they have long term plans to tear down the housing community itself and replace it with one that is developed much differently. That would not happen until next year at the earliest, if their plans are approved by the residents and the federal government.

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