Demolition has begun at one London eyesore as the City is taking action to address concerns about the number of vacant properties.
There are roughly 140 vacant buildings throughout the city and council has approved a list of properties for demolition due to property standards violations.
On Wednesday, crews started demolishing a dilapidated property at 283 South Street.
“The City receives many complaints over dilapidated conditions of vacant properties and we take numerous steps to secure the buildings when property owners fail to take action,” said Orest Katolyk, Chief Municipal Law Officer. “Demolition is the last step to address ongoing safety and quality of life issues.”
City officials say vacant properties are often the site of safety concerns including pest infestation, break and enter, squatters, prostitution, drug use, arson graffiti, trash and debris.
All demolition costs including staff inspection fees will be the responsibility of the property owner.