City of Enterprise tries to clean up eyesores

DOTHAN Ala.(WTVY)- Many people travel through the City of Enterprise daily and the last thing city leaders want someone to see is abandoned buildings and houses.

So they decided to do something about it.

Taking on a few properties, hoping to get rid of some eyesores around town.

Director for Engineering for City of Enterprise Jared Alexander said, “It’s going to improve the overall appearance of our community. Especially the people who own these properties, who are in a position financially where it's not cost effective for them to fix those properties up to bring them up to code.

After seeing success with the initial project, a grant was applied for and approved from the state for more than $25,000.

The money will be used to clean up additional properties

Some with roof damage, others used for squatting and littering.

Leaders believe the plan is a win-win for the city.

"The land values actually increased without the structure on there and allow them to sell the properties and make a little bit more valuable piece of land for redevelopment. "

Reporter Aybriel Beckham tried to speak to some residents in this neighborhood about eyesores on their block. For one lady she was a part of this project last year and she says without the citiy's help she wouldn't have been able to get a brand new house.

Hazel Mcsawin said, "It had wooden windows mildew and it didn't stay warm and now I’m in a new home and I love it."

Right now the city has a list of twenty they plan to demolish and their goal is at least 55 properties.

Five to ten of those will be commercial.

This project is still in the early stages but the goal is to begin in February.

It should take roughly 18 to 24 months to complete.



 
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