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Councilwoman Scott is once again “Bringing Down the House” in District 1

Wednesday May 22, 2013

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – The wrecking ball will swing once again as Councilwoman Attica Scott will be “Bringing Down the House” in District 1. This time crews will be tearing down an abandoned house at 3020 Hale Avenue beginning at 8:30am on Thursday, May 23rd.

“Bringing Down the House” is part of Metro Louisville’s effort to demolish property that is inhabitable and that cannot be refurbished or renovated.

“I am moving forward with my commitment to use Neighborhood Development Funds to intentionally address the issue of abandoned and vacant properties in District 1,” says Scott. “Our office appropriated $25,000 in January to expedite the demolition of some of the worst properties in our District.”

It will cost the city $3,500 to demolish what stands at 3020 Hale Avenue located in the Parkland neighborhood, a neighborhood with more than 200 abandoned and vacant properties. This is the second of seven targeted properties. The first house torn down was 3313 Hale Avenue back in January.

The remaining five properties are being prepared for demolition. The structures will undergo testing to see if any hazardous material should be removed before demolition.

Scott is Vice Chair of the Metro Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Vacant Properties which was formed to address the problem of abandoned properties in Metro Louisville. She has made it a priority to clean up vacant lots and abandoned homes since taking office in 2011.

Prior to January’s special appropriation, Scott used NDF’s to tear down a structure at 2819 Virginia Avenue.

“It would be ideal to see families, especially homeless families, living in many of these abandoned or vacant homes, but there are just some properties that are so damaged that the best way to deal with an eyesore is to remove it,” says Scott.

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