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A Big Victory for Birmingham City Councilors! Unanimous Vote Clears the Way for Demolition of Abandoned Property Known as Larkway Gardens

The wait is over! After working non-stop to remove the eyesore in the West End community known as Larkway Gardens, Councilors finally received the victory they’ve been waiting for. A unanimous vote during this week’s Council Meeting declares the property a nuisance thus allowing for the buildings to be demolished. Residents of Oakwood Place and additional members of the West End community showed up at Council Meeting to echo Councilors concerns citing that the property has been the root of numerous problems in their community. From random fires to heinous acts of violence that are reported on or near the grounds, many say demolishing Larkway will not only remove blight in the community but it will help to improve the quality of life for residents, especially for senior citizens.

Councilor Sheila Tyson, lauded by her council colleagues as a ‘champion’ for District 6, says that the Council’s latest move will provide residents with a sense of relief as they look towards the next revitalization efforts that are needed to revamp their community.

“It’s actually a celebration for us because this abandoned property has sat in this district for years, and now the time has come for us to remove this blight and discuss measures to rebuild,” Councilor Tyson said. “I’m looking forward to helping revitalize this area into a community that residents can feel safe in, and one that they can be proud of.”

Councilor Tyson says she will continue to follow through with the City of Birmingham’s Department of Planning Engineering and Permits and the Department of Community Development to ensure citizens are updated on demolition and revitalization developments.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry (chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov) in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.