Fifty-three burned-out, disintegrating and otherwise uninhabitable structures are included in the first step of a new push for demolition going before an Augusta Commission committee today for approval.
The abandoned structures, included in Phase 1 of a $3 million effort to rid the county of 290 unsafe, blighted and nuisance properties, will cost about $5,530 each to demolish, according to an agenda request from Planning and Development Director Melanie Wilson for $200,000 from the city’s capital outlay fund.
Phase 1 includes all 11 structures on the list from District 6, represented by Commissioner Joe Jackson.
“I’ve got burned-out houses that have been needing to come down for years,” he said. The properties attract squatters who use them for unlawful purposes, he said.
The first phase, targeting properties for which title searches have been done and court orders issued, includes one property in District 3, six in District 5, five in District 8 and 15 each from districts 1 and 2. The latter two districts – in the inner city – are where the bulk of blight has been identified with 247 properties on the list.
Commissioners will review the funding request at the Public Services Committee meeting, which is scheduled to start at 12:45 p.m.