Greenwood looking to demolish blighted homes
Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:39 AM
Calling them a “cancer,” Greenwood City Manager Charlie Barrineau wants to tear down nine buildings in the city limits.
“As long as a building like these are in a neighborhood, nothing moves forward,” he said. “They’re not an immediate health risk as we’re working to keep them secure and boarded up the windows and doors.”
However the biggest obstacle to removing some of the buildings is the presence of asbestos. Five buildings on four different lots were listed as having asbestos in a city-produced slide show. Those properties are 706 Edgefield St., 707 Edgefield St., 431 James St., and two buildings on 720 Grendel Ave.
“We don’t have the money to remove the asbestos and then tear down the building,” Barrineau said. “It’s about $10,000 to $15,000 to remove the asbestos and then $500 to $1,500 to remove the buildings.”
Barrineau said burning was not an option for the buildings with asbestos.
“It’s not easy to do it that way,” he said. “We’re trying to use the most cost-effective and environmentally safe method to do this.”
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