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New Iberia begins demolition of blighted properties

Posted at 6:50 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 12:10:59-05

The City of New Iberia is beginning the process of tearing down abandoned homes.

There are at least 13 properties that will be taken down.

"We don't want to tear down homes in New Iberia. We want to see people build homes in New Iberia. But this house was gone. It was done. It was very demolished. The guys from the demolition crew, they allowed me to in there and look at it, and when I saw what I saw when they were doing testing, I said it's got to come down," said councilman Marlon Lewis.

The city voted in October to move forward with demolishing the several blighted properties within the city limits.

14 properties were on the city's blighted properties list in October, and the council voted to demolish nine of them. The remaining were set to be revisited by the council in 30 days, which would have been mid-November.

Lewis has said before that the process to tear down a blighted home could be anywhere from six months to a year. The city has to get in contact with the property owner and also make sure that legally, the city can tear down the property. The issue then goes before the council.

Residents have asked for awhile now when the properties are coming down, saying they are "an eyesore."

The city has now begun that process, but it's unclear how long it will take.