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DeKalb County celebrates blight removal

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DeKalb County celebrates blight removal

A map of DeKalb County.

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Since January 2017, DeKalb County has enforced the blight remediation program, a local effort that has helped to enhance the county area.

The blight remediation program was approved to demolish or abate “vacant, abandoned or poorly maintained properties,” according to a recent press release. In almost two years, 292 of these kinds of properties have been demolished or abated.

The county provided the following statistics about its blight removal program.

DeKalb County Demolition and Abatement Properties

  2016 2017 2018 (YTD)
Demolitions 36 105 31
Abatements 7 48 108
Total 43 153 139

In addition, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond budgeted $3.8 million to help fund these efforts. This allocation of money allowed for developments such as:

– Hiring 11 new officers for code enforcement

– Creation of the Demolitions and Abatements Task Force – which has helped the program run efficiently

– Operation Clean Sweep initiative – which has disposed of “5,647 bags of loose litter, 4,366 tons of debris and serviced 205 illegal dump sites,” according to a recent press release.

“Fighting blight and beautifying DeKalb County improves quality of life and the health of our citizens,” CEO Thurmond said in a recent press release. “The county has significantly increased our efforts to revitalize DeKalb by dedicating funding for blight programs and enhancing our partnership with the judicial system.”

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