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Video: Demolition Of Abandoned Building Hopes To Spark Economic Development In South Houston

Residents say it is long overdue. It’s part of a larger campaign to get rid of unsightly structures and promote economic development in District K.

Updated at 4:30 p.m.


Construction crews start demolishing an abandoned building on West Belfort Avenue near Chimney Rock. It’s part of a larger campaign to beautify District K.

 

Dozens of residents gathered to watch the demolition of an abandoned commercial strip center on West Belfort Avenue near Chimney Rock.

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Houston City Council Member Larry Green (far-left) led the effort to demolish this abandoned building on West Belfort Avenue near Chimney Rock.

The effort was led by Houston City Council Member Larry Green who represents District K. Green says the building posed a public safety hazard.

Today’s demolition is part of his Klean It Up, Green It Up campaign. Green started the initiative to beautify the district.

“Essentially what we’ve been trying to do is bring about economic development to the area by getting rid of blight,” Green says.

This isn’t Green’s first time targeting eyesores in his district. He’s worked to get residents involved in increasing recycling, planting trees and getting rid of unsightly buildings.

James Bryan has lived in District K for about 20 years. He owns two businesses, a pet store and a remodeling company, across the street from the abandoned building. He says he’s glad to see it go.

“We’ve been fighting crime, vandalism, vagrants and everything for years now,” says Bryan.

Jennifer Wood agrees. She’s been a resident of District K for 15 years. She says as a mother, she worried about her son riding his bike near the abandoned building alone.

“I’m not sure who’s in here,” she says. “It’s a safety issue. It’s such a great little neighborhood. We’re excited for a new beginning.”

Green says the property owner is in negotiations to build a fitness center at the location.

“Whenever we can bring some positive retail to the area, we’ll always get a positive response from our neighbors,” he says.

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Construction crews set to work demolishing an abandoned building in South Houston.

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