The City of Jacksonville tore down three structures on Monday, November, 22 to mark its 150th demolition as part of its Clean & Green Jacksonville and Neighborhood Revitalization efforts. Both efforts help to clear slum and blight in City neighborhoods, public spaces and commercial areas. In the short ceremony, City officials started the work to remove the structures selected for demolition at 104 Miracle Drive in Jacksonville.
Since 2010, commercial and residential structures that have been abandoned or neglected and deemed unsafe, have been demolished in order to rid the City of slum and blight. By clearing certain structures that pose health and safety risks, the City is helping to pave the way for rehabilitation and renewal in neighborhoods throughout Jacksonville. Some demolition sites now have new homes, many built through the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project. Through this project, qualified buyers are able to purchase homes at affordable prices with assistance from federal funding managed through the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department.
Director of Neighborhood Improvement Services, Tracy Jackson says, “Revitalization is a wonderful tool to enhance the quality of life for our Citizens, improve the appearance of neighborhoods and encourage reinvestment in areas that suffer from blighted conditions. We want to send the message that our neighborhoods, and the families that live within them, are important and worthy of preservation. This is just one element that reflects our desire to be a Caring Community.”
Jacksonville is an entitlement City and receives annual Community Development Block Grant funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These federal dollars also assist with Jacksonville’s Citizens looking to rent, buy or maintain a home; supports nonprofit organizations seeking to provide public services; and helps fund improvements to public facilities and infrastructure. More information about Jacksonville Neighborhood Improvement Services is online at JacksonvilleNC.gov/NIS
Images are on the City's Facebook page @JacksonvilleNC.gov and video of the ceremony is on the City's YouTube Channel: JacksonvilleNCGov