Prichard attacks blight

PRICHARD, Ala. – The City of Prichard is set to launch its campaign on blight in the city this week. Demolition crews will begin tearing down the first in a series of abandoned buildings at 8am Monday. 4008-W--Main-St-

Shirley Forester lives just a few yards from the first house on the list at 3131 W. Main Street. Forester told Fox Ten News there are often people who are in and out of the house. She said it also attracts rats. Forester welcomes the wrecking crew that’s expected to tear down the house Monday morning.

“As they tear down these buildings I think it’s going to do a lot of good for us, and I’m looking forward to it,” she said.
The City of Prichard is taking aim at half a dozen abandoned buildings over the next few weeks. The next stop on the Demolition list is also on West Main.

“They used to come down there and try to clean it up ever so often. I don’t know what happened. I guess they just moved out of town and just forgot about it,” Lonnie Curtis said.

Curtis said he grew up with the family that lived in the house down from his home more than three decades ago. He’s watched the house go down over the years. He and his neighbors say getting rid the building is a step in the right direction for Prichard.

“It just creates a lot of problems you know. People are always in and out, and you don’t never know what’s going on, you know. It just creates problems, in other words it just looks bad in the neighborhood,” Curtis said.

There are a total of six abandon buildings on the list. They are:

1717-Wilson-Ave3137 W. Main set to be demolished on July 14th.
4008 W. Main Street – July 21th.
1719 Wilson Ave. – July 28th.
1717 Wilson Ave. – July 25th.
3010 Whistler Ave. – August 4th.
127 Gatti – August 11th.

“I don’t know if it’s going to help us any if they’re not going to keep the weeds down, then I don’t know if it will help us to tear down the house. I just hope they keep it cleaned up once they tear the house down is what I’m trying to say,” Forester said.

The demolition is scheduled to begin at 8 o’clock Monday morning.

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