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Groups want to remove houses

While some organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, refurbish and build new homes, two Pulaski organizations are looking to take down blighted structures.
Clark Payne, vice chairman of Pulaski Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA), said that organization and Pulaski Housing Inc. have agreed to work together to serve as a “reverse Habitat for Humanity” and take down condemned structures the Town of Pulaski has not “found the funding to demolish.”
Payne asked Pulaski Town Council if the two organizations could be of assistance to the town in its efforts to fight blight.
“We would love to be involved in as much of the blight removal as possible,” Payne said when asked by Councilman Joel Burchett Jr. whether the groups could help locate blighted properties that haven’t been added to the town’s condemnation list.
“We’re interested in collaborating with the town,” he added.
Besides expressing PRHA’s interest in helping to fight blight in the town, Payne pointed out that the organization is in need of additional members. He noted that PRHA has experienced a number of resignations and is now in a position where it could be without a quorum to conduct business if a member cannot attend.
Council was asked to appoint replacements to fill the three vacancies.
Payne said PRHA is in the process of working on several projects.
First, the group is evaluating several neighborhoods to determine the likelihood of being able to rehabilitate them. The area of Short Street, off Newbern Road, still is being considered.
Second, Payne said PRHA was approached by members of First Baptist Church on Magazine Street about rehabilitating that neighborhood. The church owns three to four parcels in the neighborhood and members own several others, he added.
The group has scheduled a series of public meetings with the community in early 2010 to determine what actions can be taken.
Finally, he noted that PRHA is evaluating the potential for Pulaski expanding its rental inspection zone.
They are conducting surveys and “may be able to give you advice on good areas to expand” the inspections.

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Groups want to remove houses

While some organizations, like Habitat for Humanity, refurbish and build new homes, two Pulaski organizations are looking to take down blighted structures.
Clark Payne, vice chairman of Pulaski Redevelopment and Housing Authority (PRHA), said that organization and Pulaski Housing Inc. have agreed to work together to serve as a “reverse Habitat for Humanity” and take down condemned structures the Town of Pulaski has not “found the funding to demolish.”
Payne asked Pulaski Town Council if the two organizations could be of assistance to the town in its efforts to fight blight.
“We would love to be involved in as much of the blight removal as possible,” Payne said when asked by Councilman Joel Burchett Jr. whether the groups could help locate blighted properties that haven’t been added to the town’s condemnation list.
“We’re interested in collaborating with the town,” he added.
Besides expressing PRHA’s interest in helping to fight blight in the town, Payne pointed out that the organization is in need of additional members. He noted that PRHA has experienced a number of resignations and is now in a position where it could be without a quorum to conduct business if a member cannot attend.
Council was asked to appoint replacements to fill the three vacancies.
Payne said PRHA is in the process of working on several projects.
First, the group is evaluating several neighborhoods to determine the likelihood of being able to rehabilitate them. The area of Short Street, off Newbern Road, still is being considered.
Second, Payne said PRHA was approached by members of First Baptist Church on Magazine Street about rehabilitating that neighborhood. The church owns three to four parcels in the neighborhood and members own several others, he added.
The group has scheduled a series of public meetings with the community in early 2010 to determine what actions can be taken.
Finally, he noted that PRHA is evaluating the potential for Pulaski expanding its rental inspection zone.
They are conducting surveys and “may be able to give you advice on good areas to expand” the inspections.

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