DEMOLITION: Three abandoned properties on N. MacArthur Dr. to be torn down

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 3:22 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 7:12 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Demolition has been approved for three abandoned, run-down properties on N. MacArthur Dr. that have sat vacant for years and that Alexandria officials said have attracted homeless groups and crime.

The unanimous vote from the Alexandria City Council comes after a public hearing was held to discuss the future of those graffiti-riddled buildings. Over the last year, News Channel 5 has reported on multiple stories at the property with surrounding business owners calling for them to be condemned.

At the council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24, the owner of the property spoke asking the council to give him 10 more days to be able to board up the gas station and the office building. The owner said he had no problem with the demolition of the former Select 10 Motel and Suites located in the back of the property.

Back in November, the council delayed a vote to demolish all three buildings after the city’s former attorney, Shane Williams, asked for the legal department to look into it. This delayed vote came on the heels of one of the buildings partially burning down.

During the 60 days between the delayed vote and the public hearing, the property owner said he dealt with sickness and the weather, which is why he did not make any progress on the buildings. Despite telling the council the city could see improvements made in 5-6 days, the administration responded that those buildings will still be condemnable even if they are boarded up and they won’t be safe. The council was also told by the administration that it would cost more money to bring the buildings up to code than it would be to demolish them.

Originally, it was expected to cost the city around $300,000 to tear down all three buildings located on a busy corridor, but the new estimate has that price cut in half to cost around $140,000.

There is no timeline for when the buildings will be demolished.

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