Alabaster demolishing 2 abandoned houses

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – The city will move forward with tearing down a pair of abandoned, dilapidated houses in the city, after the City Council agreed to move forward with the demolitions during a July 9 meeting.

Council members voted to approve tearing down structures at 2030 Kent Dairy Road and 37 10th Ave. S.E. The Kent Dairy Road property is directly behind the Walgreens store off Alabama 119 and the 10th Avenue Southeast property is off Old U.S. 31.

City Council members voted to approve the demolitions following public hearings on both matters, during which nobody spoke for or against.

The city’s Housing Abatement Board voted previously to recommend the vacant structures be torn down, and passed the matter on to the City Council for final consideration.

Since council members agreed to demolish the structures, the city will cover the cost of the demolition and attach the cost as a lien against the property, which would have to be repaid before the property could be sold in the future.

Alabaster will now bid out the demolition projects, and the bids must be approved by the City Council before the abandoned homes can come down.