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Feb 14, 2012 10:03 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Alexandria Works to Remove Dilapidated Structures

The city of Alexandria can't keep up with the demand for destroying dilapidated structures in the city.

During the 20-month span from May 2010 to December 2011, City Attorney Chuck Johnson told the city council that 50 homes were destroyed, either by the city or the property owner, while another 11 were rehabilitated.

However, that was only 21 percent of the 286 complaints that were received by the city during that time frame.

Councilman Jerry Jones tells The Town Talk (http://townta.lk/x0aYzR ) there are a lot of abandoned properties and blighted homes in various parts of the city.

Johnson says the average cost per demolition is around $3,500. The city's budget for demolition is roughly $60,000 per year.

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