Officials tore down the first of several abandoned, rundown homes in Anderson County on Monday.
The abandoned home located at 112 Jackson St. was demolished at 8 a.m. and was the first of five to be demolished.
"This is the beginning of a more aggressive program to remove blight from our neighborhoods and get them on the path to revitalization," said Council Chairman Tom Allen. "We had the opportunity to speak with several homeowners in the neighborhood and they are thrilled that this property is being removed."
Allen said one neighbor was worried about neighborhood children seen playing around and inside the property.
"Tearing down these dilapidated houses also removes the threat of drugs and crime in our neighborhoods," said Allen. "We are pleased to see this project really get under way and make a difference."
The Anderson County Council recently allocated $150,000 to the Building and Codes Department for demolition.
Eight homes were targeted for demolition, two of which have been demolished by the property owners, one will be torn down by the Homeland Park Fire Department as a training exercise, and five will be destroyed through Anderson County's bid process.
The four additional homes to be scheduled for demolition are located at 210 Willow Dr. in Piedmont, 10 Hardeman St. in Piedmont, 1518 White St. in Anderson and 111 Cakes Extraordinaire Lane in Pendleton.
County officials said because of legalities, it can take up to a year for approval of demolishing properties and they currently have more than 130 cases pending.
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