City of Dothan Bulldozing Abandoned Houses and Overgrown Lots

By: Deborah Tuff Email
By: Deborah Tuff Email

Some Dothan residents are not happy with the city's decision to do away with abandoned houses and overgrown lots.

City officials say it's their way of showing residents how serious they are about Dothan's abatement ordinance. Some residents say, in their particular case, they plan to appeal the decision.

Dothan Resident Jerry Clark said, “This is kind of a historic street. Everything over here has been here for a long time, especially this Garland House. I thought it was something that shouldn't be done for them to get rid of it."

The house Clark refers to sits on East Burdeshaw Street.

A quick glance would lead a passersby to believe nothing's wrong with it, but look closer and you'll see a window falling apart and deteriorated siding.

The appearance has led the city of Dothan's Code Enforcement inspector to get the house approved to be bulldozed.

However, those close to it want to appeal the decision.

"We want to turn it into a cultural arts center," Clark said.

The move is part of the city's ongoing declaration to rid the area of eyesores.

For the fourth time in the past year, nearly 40 homes have been abated and overgrown lots cleared.

For this round, there are 15 abandoned homes on the hit list.
However, city officials say they don't go on a man-hunt for houses to bulldoze or lots to tear apart they actually get calls and complaints from neighbors.

City officials also say some property owners comply within the deadlines given, while others don't.

Planning and Development Director Todd McDonald said, "We have four different letters we send depending on where it is in the process; [it] depends on how many letters they actually get."

The final step to get the ball rolling is to have city commissioners approve the housing code abatement board's recommendations.

This is an ongoing enforcement.

Houses up for abatement and owners planning to appeal, include:

  • 1016 Leona St.
  • 313 Mallon St.
  • 1504 E. Newton St. (Appeal)
  • 606 E. Burdeshaw St. (Appeal)
  • 2612 Ronald Ln.
  • 403 Logue St.
  • 703 Stough St.
  • 750 Headland Ave.
  • 357 Cambellton Hwy.
  • 1006 Montevallo Ave.
  • 2870 Columbia Hwy.
  • 110 E. Spring St. (Appeal)
  • 753 Webb Rd.
  • 409 Tacoma St.
  • 590 Suggs Rd.

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