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Posted on: April 13, 2017

City Celebrates 100th Demolition with Ceremony and Excavator

The City of Jacksonville demolished its 100th structure on Tuesday, April 19, 2017 during a 10AM ceremony at 121 Poplar Street. The Demolition Program under the Community Development division is part of the City's Clean & Green Jacksonville and downtown revitalization campaigns. The two campaigns have worked to clear the downtown area of slum and blight, and now new homes stand where abandoned, unsafe structures were once falling apart.

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lazzara took the first ceremonial shot at the excavator that removed the 99th and 100th structures selected for demolition. 

Since 2010, through the City’s Voluntary Demolition and Clearance Program, commercial and residential structures that have been abandoned or neglected and deemed unsafe have been demolished in order to rid the City of slum and blight. By clearing certain structures that pose health and safety risks, the City is helping to pave the way for rehabilitation and renewal of the downtown area and other parts of the City.

Jacksonville Community Development Administrator, Lillie Gray says, “In order to enhance the quality of life for our Citizens, improve the appearance of neighborhoods and encourage reinvestment in areas that suffer from blighted conditions, the Voluntary Demolition and Clearance Program has been a wonderful tool. By addressing the ‘broken window’ theory, we send a message that our neighborhoods, and the families that live within them, are important and worthy of preservation. This is just one element that reflects our desire to be a Caring Community.”

The demolition ceremony was open to the public. Immediately following the demolition, wreath presentations will took place for two new homeowners in the area, a testament to the success of downtown revitalization efforts.

For more information about the demolition program or housing program, contact Community Development Administrator Lillie Gray at 910 938-5285.
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