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East Point targets "worst properties" for demolition

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East Point officials look on as they demolish one of the city's "50 Worst Properties" on Saturday, May 19, 2012. The city says it will seek demolishion of any property which will not be brought up to code. East Point officials look on as they demolish one of the city's "50 Worst Properties" on Saturday, May 19, 2012. The city says it will seek demolishion of any property which will not be brought up to code.
East Point officials demolish an apartment on Saturday, May 19, 2012 after a lengthy court battle with the goal to correct the property's code violations. East Point officials demolish an apartment on Saturday, May 19, 2012 after a lengthy court battle with the goal to correct the property's code violations.
EAST POINT, Ga. -

A longtime eyesore and safety hazard is East Point was leveled on Saturday. The Los Erken Apartments were demolished after a two year battle with the owners who are accused of refusing to bring the building up to code.

East Point Fire Chief Rosemary Cloud says the demolition was two years in the making with one court battle after another.

Chief Cloud says the Los Erken Apartments ended up on the city's "50 Worst Properties" list after a merry-go-round of owners turned the complex on Central Avenue into a potentially deadly fire hazard.

This is the first building on the city's "50 Worst Properties" list to get the go-ahead for demolition. East Point officials say the owner will be ordered to pay the cost of tearing down and cleaning up the property. Mayor Ernestine Pittman says the goal is to bring every apartment building and home that is on the list up to code and safe to occupy.

But if that does not happen, then she says the city will pursue the legal steps necessary to level that property.

City officials say most of the buildings on the "50 Worst Properties" list have already been brought up to code after owners learned the possible fate of those properties.

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