Alabaster tears down dilapidated properties, passing cost on
Published 5:59 pm Thursday, July 2, 2015
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
ALABASTER – Three nuisance properties in Alabaster have been demolished, and the Alabaster City Council likely will attach the costs as liens against the properties.
During its July 16 meeting, the council likely will vote to attach the demolition costs as liens, council members said during a July 1 work session.
One property is located at 304 Forest Parkway, another was a former church building off Simmsville Road and the third was a dilapidated residence on Simmsville Road.
Alabaster City Manager George Henry said all three properties have been torn down, and said the city spent $14,000 to hire the Johnson and Johnson demolition services to tear down the three properties.
The Alabaster Housing and Abatement Board previously voted to declare the three properties a public nuisance, and attempted to contact the property owners to notify them of the decision.
After the property owners failed to bring the structures up to code, the City Council voted to move forward with demolishing the nuisance properties.
Before it was demolished, the former church on Simmsville Road had been abandoned for more than 20 years, and was overgrown and partially caved-in.
Before it was demolished, the Forest Parkway property contained an abandoned house foundation, which local residents said presented a danger to children in the neighborhood.
The foundation had remained on the property for several years after a fire destroyed the house originally built on the lot.
Alabaster City Attorney Jeff Brumlow previously said once a lien is placed on a property, the city will be reimbursed for the demolition expenses if the property is ever sold.
The July 16 council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Alabaster City Hall.