150+ buildings may soon be demolished as Columbus residents plead change in their area

150+ buildings may soon be demolished as Columbus residents plead change in their area

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus could look a lot different in the coming months.

More than 100 houses and buildings could be torn down. This comes after calls and outreach from the community to make some changes in the area. The Inspections and Codes Office says they continue to get calls every day in regard to more than 200 property management cases.

"If somebody is in there smoking man, and they set the house on fire, our bedroom is right here. Our whole house will go up. You see how close it is. It's going up," says one Columbus resident who wishes to remain anonymous.

According to the Columbus Consolidated Government, there have been 211 city-demolished properties within the past 10 years. Now, there are 158 buildings currently on the city’s demolition list.

“Some of these have been neglected that we’d like to go get, but it’s just they’ve been out there so long. We’ve got properties that’ve been out there 10 years that need to go down,” says John Hudgison, director of Columbus Inspections and Codes.

Hudgison says the city is in the budgeting process, but the Inspections and Codes Department could receive $1 million to fund demolitions across the city.

“Most of our property inspectors are getting everything lined up and the paperwork ready. My special enforcement people are getting ready, so when July 1 hits and we’re told we’ve got the money, you’re going to start seeing things come down and things are going to be happening," says Hudgison.

For the full list of buildings on the demolition list click here.

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