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Larkway Gardens Will Soon Be No More: Birmingham City Council Votes to Demolish the Long-Overdue Eyesore in District 6

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The wait is over! After working non-stop to remove the eyesore in the West End community known as Larkway Gardens, the Council voted unanimously today approve demolition of the buildings, giving residents the victory that they’ve long waited for. Demolition of the buildings will begin next week. Today’s vote to demolish the building follows a move back in October in which the Council unanimously voted to declare the property a nuisance thus allowing for the buildings to be demolished.

“This is not just a victory for residents in the West End community, but this is a victory for the entire City of Birmingham,” Councilor Sheila Tyson said. “Removing this property and bringing life back to this area, has been a major concern for me long before taking office, and I’m so thankful that my colleagues have joined me in the push to remove this blighted property.”

Residents of Oakwood Place and additional members of the West End community have continuously showed up at Council Meetings 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.

“This is what happens when you elect people who care about the neighborhood,” President Johnathan Austin said. “Councilor Tyson is a tremendous advocate for the people, and I’m honored to serve on this City Council with her.”

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 the revitalization developments.

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