Dilapidated Alabaster house may be coming down

The Alabaster City Council will gather public input on June 22 on possibly demolishing a heavily damaged house and garage off Alabama 119. (Contributed)

The Alabaster City Council will gather public input on June 22 on possibly demolishing a heavily damaged house and garage off Alabama 119. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A heavily damaged, graffiti-tagged home and garage along one of Alabaster’s busiest corridors may soon be coming down, City Council members said during a recent meeting.

During a May 26 meeting, the City Council agreed to set a public hearing for its June 22 meeting to gather feedback on the house, which is at 10090 Alabama 119.

The Alabaster Housing Abatement Board voted in December 2013 to declare the property “unsafe to the point it creates a public nuisance,” and recommended the home and separate garage be demolished.

After the AHAB voted to declare the property a public nuisance, it posted a notice declaring such within 3 feet of the home’s entrance and made two attempts in March 2015 to notify the property owner of the board’s actions. No appeal was filed by the property owners, according to the AHAB.

AHAB photos depict the long-vacant home in significant disrepair. Portions of the home’s roof have collapsed, the structure is unsecured and the lot is overgrown. The unsecured garage structure on the property has been spray painted with graffiti.

During the June 22 public hearing, the City Council will accept comments from those speaking in favor of and against tearing the structures, and likely will vote on the demolition during the meeting.

If the City Council votes to move forward with the demolition, the property owner will have 30 days to demolish and remove the structure. If the property owner does not demolish the structure within 30 days, the city will fund the demolition and attach the cost as a lien against the property.