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City of Jackson works to demolish abandoned properties

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The City of Jackson is stepping up it's efforts to demolish dilapidated and run down properties.

In just the past few weeks, 20 properties have been knocked down.

This house is at 1057 Combs Street in south Jackson.

It had burned and been left to fall down.

The City of Jackson's Community Improvement Division hires private contractors to come in and tear these old houses down, then bills the owner of the property, for the cost.

An area near a house on Belvedere Drive in south Jackson is about to get the same treatment.

One is at 2468 Belvedere, was supposed to have come down already but has been prepared for demolition, which will come any day. Claude Smith, is the Director of the Community Improvement Division of the City of Jackson.

"It goes through an evaluation process," Smith said. "We send everything to environmental review, and once they approve the demolition, then we move forward in our process. How long does it normally take to tear one down? Two days. Ah within one day we can have it on the ground, and the next day it will be hauled away.

The man who lives across the street from the house at 1057 Combs, Noah Sutton of 1052 Combs was happy to see it come down.

"We need a new house over there," Sutton said. "We need new neighbors, not too many neighbors on this street."

The total cost of the recent demolitions is almost $69,000.

If you know of dilapidated house that needs to be torn down, contact the City of Jackson at 311.

You can also track the progress of a house being torn down by calling 311.

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