DeKalb County will demolish two blighted properties in the next week.
The first demolition will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. at 1805-1811 Whitehall Forest Court in Atlanta. The second demolition will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. at 4083 Old River Road in Ellenwood.
The demolition is part of the county’s ongoing efforts to eradicate blight in the area.
According to the county’s records, more than 450 properties were demolished or abated prior to the pandemic.
In 2020, the county completed 13 abatement and demolition cases, and in 2021, they completed 92 such cases.
In September 2020, the county performed a survey of unincorporated DeKalb County, which allowed them to identify all properties subject to abatement or demolition for the first time in the area.
To sweep commercial thoroughfares throughout unincorporated DeKalb County over a 5-year period, the county established a Comprehensive Commercial Corridor Inspection program. They also performed best-in-class Hotel-Motel regulatory compliance sweeps.
In January 2017, a Demolitions and Abatements Task Force was created to share information, coordinate enforcement efforts, and collaborate on initiatives to reduce blighted properties. Representatives of law, planning and sustainability, community development, Keep DeKalb Beautiful, code compliance, sanitation, and the GIS department meet regularly.