Dilapidated Housing Update for July 11th
Previously, I reported on the number of houses or other dilapidated structures that have been removed due to the concerted effort by the City of Hawkinsville. The new numbers now stand at a total of 27 structures that have been removed. 17 at the sole cost of the property owners and 10 via city funds (with liens placed against the properties for the total cost plus accruing interest).
In September, 2009, the City contracted with the Regional Commission to do a housing survey. That survey (which can be found here or on the city’s website) found that we had 97 houses that needed to be torn down. So we are ALMOST at the one-third mark. Time, costs, and legal work are the factors that control how fast we move, but again – WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. Removing these structures will make Hawkinsville a more beautiful place to live AND a safer place to live. Studies have shown that it will ALSO help when recruiting industry which translates into JOBS!
As more houses come down, I’ll keep you posted!