The City of East Point adopted the International Property Maintenance Code in 2007. Via adoption of the code, a task force was created consisting of employees from the Police, Fire and Planning Departments. Subsequently, it was recognized that the 2008 housing market crash created a growing number of vacant and abandoned properties. Therefore, in 2010, the 50 Worst Properties Program was created as a housing initiative to address the issue. The Task Force actively identified properties that were deemed as unfit for human habitation. Over the course of three (3) years approximately 159-properties have been documented under the program. Via court actions, the City has been given permission to secure (board and clean) some of the properties and demolish others.
The team was able to demolish eleven (11) properties under the FY 2016 Budget. During the FY 2017 Budget, the team demolished an abandoned apartment complex formally known as the Terraces of East Point located between West Woodberry and Langford Parkway (166). In its FY 2018 Budget, the East Point City Council made possible the creation of a Department to focus on the removal of vacant, blighted unsafe residential structures. The Department is staffed with three (3) full time employees who perform all activities pertaining to asbestos abatement, demolition, site stabilization, clean-up and maintenance of those properties identified under the program.
This program is a collaborative effort between the City Manager’s Office, Municipal Court, City Attorney’s Office, Finance and each of the City’s service delivery departments: Planning & Community Development, Fire, Police, EP Power, Public Works-Buildings & Grounds, Water-Sewer and Solid Waste.
|Department||City Manager's Office|
|Budget||$499,859.00 (FY 2019)|
|Funding Source||General Fund|
|Estimated Start Date||July 2, 2018|
|Estimated Completion Date||June 30, 2019|
|Project Manager||Geneasa L. Elias, AICP|