Dothan leaders move forward with demolition plans at two abandoned homes

Dothan leaders move forward with demolition plans at two abandoned homes

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Dothan leaders are working to demolish abandoned homes that have become eye sores in the city.

The city started the bidding process Tuesday.

Two homes are currently on the list for demolition right now, but that number is growing and more are expected to be added every other month. The city commission voted to move forward with demolition plans at a home located on East Burdeshaw St. and another on Lake St.

"Everybody deserves to live in a neighborhood they can be proud of and that includes people who maintain their property," said Michael West, City Manager.

The East Burdeshaw property has been reported as a nuisance.

"You start to have weeds and stuff growing, it makes the neighborhood look bad," said Tomi Kelley, neighbor.

"Its tore up and its messed up, but it really wont take that much money to fix it. I mean we already have less houses as it is. I mean that will be a good house for somebody," said Cordarro Frazier, neighbor.

Both homes are considered unsanitary and unsecured with collapsed ceilings and broken windows. The home on Lake St. has suffered major fire and water damage also.

"I think our ability with one person doing this job to really get around in a timely manner I know people get frustrated, sometimes with especially a burned out structure there are other issues if there's insurance involved," West said.

The city is currently taking bids for the demolish of both homes, which is a 30 day process. If you're interested in bidding contact the city at 334-615-3000.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.