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Councilwoman Scott launches “Bringing Down the House” campaign in District 1

Thursday December 20, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4136 / 526-3622

Louisville – In an effort to improve the quality of life in District 1, Councilwoman Attica Scott launched the “Bringing Down the House” campaign on Thursday, December 20th at 2819 Virginia Avenue.

The goal of the campaign: tear down an abandoned structure that has become an eyesore to the neighborhood.

“This campaign will let the community know that Metro Government is moving forward with its plan to tear down the worst looking structures on abandoned properties in our city,” says Scott.

With crews from Inspections, Permits and Licensing on hand, Scott and others watched as the house was torn down to make way for green space in the Virginia Avenue area.

When the Metro Council passed the 2012 – 2013 Operational and Capital Budgets, money was set aside to demolish properties that could not be renovated or refurbished. The goal is to make land more available for potential construction of new homes or other uses in neighborhoods.

In the case of the Virginia Avenue property, $6,000 to $7,000 was set aside for the demolition.

Scott is a member of the Metro Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Vacant Property. The committee was formed to address the problem of abandoned property in Metro Louisville. She has made it a priority to clean up lots and homes since taking office in 2011.

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

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