Created: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:22:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:21:42 EST
The demolition of this Rutherford Avenue home only means one thing to Haywood Smith...Increased safety.
"I'm glad they're down because I used to come home at night, sometime wonder what's over there." -- Haywood Smith, Neighbor
He'll no longer be suspicious of illegal activity.
The Macon-Bibb County government tore down not one but 3 dilapidated homes on the street.
This is the first time both county and city agencies are working together to remove the eyesores. A continuation of the city's original initiative to remove these structures and clean up Macon.
"Make the neighborhood look more decent than what it was looking like." -- Kenyonna Smith, Neighbor
And the program is moving forward soon into all areas of Bibb county.
"We've got to add those structures to the inventory and get to them and prioritize which ones are creating the most problems etc." -- Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert
It's unknown at this time how many will be added to the condmend list. There's about 400 homes on it just in the city.
The tear down of these three now brings the total of demolished homes to 61. More than half way of the government's goal of 100 by June 30th, the end of the fiscal year.
"This is another great example how the new consolidated government is going to be more effective and more efficient doing what we do." -- Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert
As the homes go down, Smith says it's a step in the right direction
"I think it will help clean the neighborhood up. I think it'll make it safer." -- Haywood Smith, Neighbor
But not the end of overall neighborhood improvement.
"Little more cleaning up needs to be done." -- Haywood Smith, Neighbor