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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Birmingham City Councilors to Hold Press Conference at Abandoned Apartment Complex, Larkway Gardens

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                              Monday, July 20, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – As budget talks loom, Birmingham City Councilors say one neighborhood is a prime example of why community revitalization is a top priority for the upcoming budget. Councilors will hold a press conference today at 10 a.m. at Larkway Gardens. Long known as an abandoned, drug-infested apartment complex, Larkway Gardens continues to be an area plagued by drugs and violence. Councilors says Larkway Gardens is just one area across the city where funding is needed to address issues such as overgrown lots, and abandoned properties.

“Taking back our communities, and giving residents neighborhoods where they can feel safe and be proud of their surroundings is our number one goal in this next fiscal year,” President Johnathan Austin said. “This is an issue that we will not let go astray and we are going to continue pushing for more funding for our neighborhoods.”

Councilors have been working to address budget concerns since receiving the Mayor’s proposed budget back in May. To ensure that the budget was reflective of what residents needed, Councilors participated in several budget tours, holding sessions in the north, south, east, and west areas of the city. Residents were very clear about what they wanted, and Councilors said they are making it a priority to look for funding that will provide solutions to their concerns.

What: Press Conference on the Status of the Budget Process

When: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Where: Larkway Gardens located at 1652 Monroe Avenue S.W. Birmingham, AL 35211

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.