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Birmingham City Council Sending Strong Message About Neglected Properties; Approves Demolition of Blighted Norwood Apartments

Dilapidated properties plague the quality of essential living standards in any community. With neighborhood revitalization efforts in place by residents and community leaders alike these nuisances of structures are prohibiting the growth of many areas across Birmingham. To address the problem, Birmingham City Councilors are continuously sending strong messages to slumlords that have let their properties turn to blight.

During Tuesday’s Council Meeting, Councilors took up an item concerning the demolition of the Norwood Apartments situated in District 4. Residents in favor of the demolition voiced their concerns about the many hazards that school children face when passing by the structure and the ongoing stagnant efforts of the property’s upkeep. Attorneys, representing the developers of the apartments opposed the demolition, as they remained adamant about current plans that were being discussed to rebuild the area. Despite argument from the attorneys, Councilors sided with residents and deemed the property a threat to the quality of life for the Norwood Community.

Many Birmingham City Councilors expressed their outrage at the developer’s years of neglect and their latest attempt to try and save it. Councilor William Parker led the vote to demolish the complex ultimately declaring with the Council that slumlords won’t be tolerated when restoring any community from dangerous blight that ails progress.

“Obviously this is a problem that has been going on for a while as many residents have complained about safety issues that this property poses to our communities,” Councilor Parker said. “We’re hoping that the city will move expeditiously to tear these structures down so that redevelopment can take place. Change is always inevitable in processes like these and we’re willing to do all we can to help move our communities forward.”

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.