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Longtime Vacant, Blighted Property In Southwest Atlanta Demolished
Posted Date: 8/22/2012 3:45 PM
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  Atlanta Police Department Public Affairs



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Scheree Moore, APD Public Affairs Asst. Manager
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News Release

Longtime Vacant, Blighted Property In Southwest Atlanta Demolished

Community leaders joined City of Atlanta officials to witness the demolition of a longtime community eyesore and haven for criminal activity

The Atlanta Police Department Code Enforcement Section today took another tough stance against vacant, blighted properties with the demolition of a privately-owned but abandoned apartment complex at 2020 Allison Court in southwest Atlanta.

Nearby residents have eagerly anticipated the demolition, and city leaders agreed that the property was not only an eyesore, but a potential public health hazard, haven for crime and detriment to the community’s quality of life.

The complex was abandoned in 2007, neglected and quickly became an illegal dumping ground. The Atlanta Police Department’s Code Enforcement Section was able to document the property’s dilapidated condition and secured a demolition order from the In Rem Review Board in July 2010.

Since then, Code Enforcement has been working diligently to prepare the property for demolition, including asbestos remediation, rodent removal and the securing of funds for, and awarding of, a demolition contract. 

“When communities are allowed to deteriorate, crime is allowed to breed,” said Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner. “No one knows that better than the police, and those directly affected in the community. So we want to bring everything we have to bear, and work cooperatively with other City agencies and the Mayor and City Council, to tackle these blighted properties.”

The City of Atlanta has placed a new emphasis on code enforcement, with a specific emphasis on targeting vacant, blighted properties.

“In 2011, code enforcement functions were formally moved to the Atlanta Police Department under Maj. Davis’ command. Under the authority of the APD, the Code Enforcement Section is able to function with deliberate control in resolving housing code violations throughout the City of Atlanta, and set in motion strategic plans to address quality of life issues, environmental concerns and improved property value by leveraging all available resources,” said Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui.

The Code Enforcement Section set on a fast track to eliminate the more than 4,500 backlogged cases, address 1,200 inactive cases in the research phase, re-institute judicial in-rem processes, and roll out vacant property registration. Judicial in-rem proceedings empower the City to take legal action against nuisance and highly hazardous properties in the absence of the property owner.

“We understand the community’s frustration in wanting these properties demolished immediately upon the order being granted,” said Maj. Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, Commander of the APD’s Code Enforcement Section.  “We know it is an extensive process. But it is designed to put public safety and community health above all else. We’re pleased to reach this point in the process at 2020 Allison Court and want to assure citizens that we are moving forward on many similar properties.”

Council President Ceasar Mitchell, City of Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Duriya Farooqui , Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms, , Chief Turner and Maj. Davis were onsite for the demolition.

President Mitchell and Council Member Bottoms praised the demolition as a positive step for both the City and the surrounding community.

“The demolition of 2020 Alison Court is more than the tearing down of buildings,” said Council Member Keisha Lance Bottoms, who represents the area.  “Instead, it represents the rebuilding of a community. The families and elderly in this community should feel a bit safer today knowing that these abandoned buildings, which have often served as a haven for illegal activity and dumping, are no longer a part of this community.  We are working closely within the City to pursue demolition of other properties within the area. “

"This is a great day of progress for the City of Atlanta, for the surrounding neighborhoods, and for the community leaders who fought tirelessly to see this day come to fruition,” said Council President Ceasar Mitchell.

A full-service police agency, the Department has adopted a community-oriented policing philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the fight against crime in Atlanta.

With an authorized strength of more than 2,000 sworn officers, the Atlanta Police Department is the largest law enforcement agency in the State of Georgia, and a dedicated, high-profile force for positive change in our communities.

The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.

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The mission of the Atlanta Police Department is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life, in partnership with our community.