TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The City of Tyler’s Revitalization Board is taking action to clean up and make neighborhoods safer.
According to public records at least 5 derelict properties will be demolished within the next few months because the structures were unsecured, open to the public and failed to meet city codes.
A Tyler resident said that the house across the from her had been empty for about 15 years.
“The house right across the street from us, it just does not make the neighborhood look good or clean at all," said Janisia. “...I’ll be glad to see it go.”
The owners of the dilapidated houses were given 30 to 90 days to upgrade the properties to code or have the city demolish them.
The board discussed whether the properties need to be demolished or renovated to comply with city codes.
"We go out and we tag dilapidated homes and we bring it for review to our Neighborhood Revitalization Board and we take actions on the homes," Neighborhood Services Administrator Raynesha Hudnell said.
The properties are often vacant, but owners have a choice of renovating the property or allowing the city to demolish it at the city's expense.