City of Lufkin approves proposed building demolitions

An approval process must be completed before abandoned buildings can be demolished.
An approval process must be completed before abandoned buildings can be demolished.
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 3:30 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2022 at 10:28 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Lufkin City Council discussed the future of seven substandard structures not meeting minimum standards set by city ordinance.

“I mean they charge a lot of money, and of course, I don’t have that kind of money right now,” said the owner of a substandard structure on North Raguet Street. “I want to take care of this, but I need more time.”

All but one are now on track for moving forward with the demolition process, with one owner asking for one to two months to make repairs. Lufkin PIO Jessica Pebsworth said the city does its best to consider work being done to repair the homes.

“We try to be as accommodating as we can and work with the homeowner if they are genuinely making an effort to bring the property back into code,” Pebsworth said. “We do give them the time to do that, so this is kind of a lengthy process.”

There is a window of 30 days to appeal the council’s decision on the demolition. The buildings in question are two on Long Avenue and two on North Raguet Street. There are also buildings on Conn Avenue, Alton Street, and Richey Street. Pebsworth said the demolition decision is about more than the homes just being an eyesore.

“There is also a safety issue with them,” Pebsworth said. “Whether we have squatters in them or a fire hazard where it could potentially catch neighboring homes on fire, so that’s the issue with these kinds of properties.”

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