An ongoing effort to revitalize neglected and abandoned homes in Savannah neighborhoods kicked off Tuesday.
The City of Savannah demolished the first of six properties on Cumming Street in to make way for more affordable housing.
226 Cumming Street on the city’s Westside was blighted and cited for code violations dating back to 2004.
The City of Savannah helped change Georgia law in 2017. The law now gives municipalities the power of eminent domain where the city can have control over blighted properties.
“The city was engaged in eminent domain for redevelopment for years. When the state law changed, it kind of slowed us down but we were able to get a change back and we are moving forward again,” said District 1 Alderman Van Johnson.
The city began the process of acquiring, demolishing and reconstructing up to eight new single-family homes on Cumming Street in Savannah. The homes will be sold to modest-wage first time home buyers.
“I suspect what we have done here is what we will continue here and it will move across the city because citizens should not have to live next to houses that are blighted,” said Johnson.