Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Saturday announced an initiative to remove hundreds of structures deemed unsafe and unsalvageable.
The Department of Public Works is set to start a bidding process on the removal of 384 structures, with work slated to begin in October. Ballard said the goal is to have contracts for the removal of more than 600 buildings by the end of the year.
"Abandoned and unsafe structures are harmful for our residents, our businesses and our neighborhoods," Ballard said. "They threaten our public safety, harm property values and impact the quality of life in our community."
The city will begin what it calls the Abandoned Structures Initiative next week, with the demolition of seven homes.
Ballard said there are about 1,200 properties in Marion County already on a list that the city would like to remove, with most of them in Center Township, with another 800 properties that could be added to the demolition list.
Indianapolis demolished 675 abandoned buildings in 2010 and 375 in 2009, Ballard said.
The project is being funded by RebuildIndy.
Structures Set For Removal
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