|HOUSTON – Today Mayor Sylvester Turner, joined by the Department of Neighborhoods (DON), City officials, and community representatives, announced the City’s 2023 Demolition initiative at a “Demolition Day” press conference in Kashmere Gardens, one of Mayor Turner’s Complete Communities. The initiative calls for the removal of nearly 300 dangerous structures by the end of the year, made possible by the allocation of $18 million from the City’s Capital Improvement Project Fund over the next 3 years.
“Demolition Day” kicked off the City’s second quarter projects, with the removal of the blighted residential building on-site and four other hazardous structures in the vicinity. Thus far this year, 129 residential dangerous buildings have been demolished by City contractors and through property owner compliance with official orders to demolish. In the second quarter, the City will target nearly 109 properties citywide with orders for demolition.
Many of the buildings on the City’s demolition roster are in underserved, under-resourced neighborhoods, including Mayor Turner’s Complete Communities.
«As mayor of this great city, my top priority to ensure that our neighborhoods are safe and livable,” said Mayor Turner. “This means tackling the problem of abandoned buildings that degrade our neighborhoods, harbor vagrancy and crime, and pose real safety concerns for residents.”