Among the recent group of demolitions listed in the Post, I missed the house at 1216 Fayette Street before it was razed.
The 2012 and 2016 photographs were taken with a Fuji X-E1 digital camera; the older black and white photographs on film. A few others were from a Nexus 4 phone.
Board votes to raze six buildings
Published 10:27 pm Friday, May 27, 2016
Six vacant and derelict buildings in the city will soon be going down.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Wednesday approved contracts with two construction companies totaling $23,150 to raze the houses, which city officials have said are a threat to the health and safety of their neighborhoods.
“All of these houses have been approved by the board for demolition,” said Community Development Director Victor Gray-Lewis.
The six buildings, at 605 Howard St., 1633 Jackson St., 809 Bridge Street, 2511 Cedar St., 906 Yazoo St. and 1216 Fayette Street, are the first to be taken down since 2014.
The board has been hiring private contractors for several years to raze houses targeted by the city for demolition. The companies submit bids on the projects and the lowest bids for each project are selected.
The city at one time used public works employees to take the structures down, and charged property owners a fee based on a combination of the employees’ hourly rate and the cost of using the equipment. The equipment charge was based on a fee scale used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reimburse local governments for using equipment to clean up after disasters.
The practice stopped because of an increase of project involving city infrastructure.