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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city tore down a burned out, rundown vacant apartment building in South Albany Tuesday.   Three years ago, fire damaged a city owned apartment complex in South Albany.

Since then, it's become a haven for vagrants. But in less than half an hour, the walls came tumbling down.    

A sleeping beast awakened To wipe out a beast of a problem for the city of Albany.   "I am just elated today," said Commissioner Dorothy Hubbard.

Elated that this city owned apartment building has finally been deflated and wiped off the landscape. "It has really taken a long time," said Hubbard. "That's why I am so glad to just finally see it come down."

Down and off Frank Richard's street. He said, "Makes me feel good." To know that his Odom Street community won't be home to undesirable neighbors. Richard said, "They use it for spaces to sleep, anything. It's nothing but a trap, really."

A trap to attract vagrants and trouble makers that put the city in a bad light. City Commissioner Jon Howard "I'm excited to see that this structure that was owned by the city of Albany, GA is being demolished as we speak, and I'm so grateful we found the money to have this piece of property to be demolished, because it certainly was an eyesore in this community."

It's the biggest undertaking the city public works department has taken on.  "This is one of the projects that our guys like to do because it makes them feel good about helping out the community," said Phil Roberson, Public Works Director. "So often the things we do are kind of mundane and everyday and when you get up there and remove a blighted area from a neighborhood, it makes you feel good. I know the community was happy to see it and obviously we were too."

Happy to see this eyesore finally gone. Clean up on the project will take dozens of trips to the county landfill. Public works crews hope to have the site cleared completely in about three days.  On average, it costs the city about $2,000 to tear down a building.

But because this building was so large, its demolition will likely cost between eight and ten thousand dollars.