January 29, 2013 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced today that the City of Tampa will demolish 51 uninhabitable, abandoned houses in the Sulphur Springs area over the next six months as part of his commitment to improve the neighborhood.
"Abandoned houses are like a cancer in a neighborhood. They become magnets for drugs, gangs, and prostitution, and devalue all of the adjoining properties. Block by block, I am making a commitment to bust the blight and improve the quality of life," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "These demolitions are long overdue."
The first of the 51 homes, located at 8615 N. 16th St., was demolished this morning.
45 properties are in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood, and 6 are north of Busch Boulevard. Each one has multiple code enforcement violations and been deemed uninhabitable; none are historic.
The cost of each demolition is $5,500 with funds coming from the general fund. Once demolished, the Clean City Division will maintain each lot. In order to revitalize the neighborhood, the City of Tampa will also dedicate three full-time code enforcement officers to the Sulphur Springs neighborhood to help continue revitalizing the area.
In addition, the first street light installations done as part of Mayor Buckhorn's "Bright Lights, Safe Nights" initiative are being installed in Sulphur Springs.
A map of which houses are being demolished as well as where the first street lights will be installed is available at tampagov.net.
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