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City council votes to demolish abandoned Larkway Gardens apartments

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The Birmingham City Council voted to rid the West End are of long-abandoned apartments.

Council members voted unanimously to demolish Larkway Gardens apartments Tuesday morning, setting aside $450,000 for the project. 

The units have stood abandoned for more than a decade.

Ten residents addressed the council expressing their concerns about the appearance of the apartments.

Birmingham’s Land Bank Authority attempted to acquire the property Tuesday, Oct. 6 before its owner Monroe Holdings requested a hearing.

Councilwoman Sheila Tyson said the community has asked the owner to keep up the property for over a decade.

“We asked him to board it up and cut the grass for 15 years and he did absolutely nothing,” she said previously. “And he sees that everything downtown is being built back up. Now, all of a sudden, you want to be the good landlord, are a bunch of garbage.”

Tyson called the vote "one of the happiest days of my life." 

The Birmingham City Council previously earmarked $1.8 to address blight in the city by planning to demolish 1,200 abandoned houses. 

So far, 300 have been knocked down. ?

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