Jul 2, 2013 2:13 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - CCPD kicked off a new program to help beautify neighborhoods in the city by demolishing rundown homes.
Construction trucks clawed away at a burnout home on Coleman Street near Morgan Avenue. Police say the empty house has been attracting negative attention to this neighborhood for years.
"As everybody in the community knows we have, we have a lot of dilapidated houses, houses that have drugs connections to them and problem house, quality of life issues to the community," Capt. David Blackmon said.
To fix the issue, CCPD, code enforcement and other city departments have teamed up to clean up poorly cared for properties based on a ranking system.
The homes are ranked based on the criminal activity that happens in the area and safety hazards for those residents that live nearby.
Like Julia, a woman who has lived in the same neighborhood near the burnout house for 3 years. She's been afraid of what crimes were happening right next door.
"Sometimes, I was about to call the cops but I was scared because you never know what they can do to you and I'm always home by myself because my kids work all the time," Julia said.
Now, high crime houses will be eliminated one at a time. Thanks to volunteers and equipment from Ram Bro Construction Company, police say leveling this home will be cost free for property owner.
"They asked us to help out with this project and we were more than willing to do it, to make a positive difference in the community," Kathleen Ramon, office manager for the company said.
Code enforcement supervisor, Tracy Cantu says before demolition takes place, the property owner does have a chance to get the property up to code.
"We really just want compliance on it mainly, so that may be an agreement with the property owner to bring the property back up to code to maintain it in a viable manner," Cantu said.
One thing for homeowners to be mindful of is the team's determination to keep the community clean and safe.
"In the past we would go to the landlord and say hey can we tear down your properties, now it's either you're going to fix them up or we're going to seize them," Capt. Blackmon said.
The team will meet monthly to update the list of homes selected to be destroyed.