Newnan plans to demolish properties damaged by tornado and no signs of repair – WSB-TV Channel 2

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NEWNAN, Ga. — Five tornado-damaged properties are on the list for possible demolition by the City of Newnan.

It’s been almost exactly one year since an EF-4 tornado ripped through the city, damaging thousands of properties and destroying dozens of homes.

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Only a handful of properties remain abandoned or neglected for a year, showing little or no action from absentee owners.

Newnan Town Deputy City Manager Hasco Craver said the town has recently heard from two homeowners in the past few weeks who have shown progress.

“The city is trying to help them get back to where these structures contribute to the fabric of our community,” Craver said.

One property high on the list for action is a small apartment building on Lagrange Street near Newnan High School. The walls of the second floor have disappeared, as well as the roof.

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“With all the overgrowth and water that’s been in there, you don’t know how many rats and stuff are going to come out of there,” said neighbor Steve West, who lives across the street. , has since rebuilt his home and moved back in.

The city said after the limited contact with the current owner, they believe their intention is to sell the property.

“It’s our opinion that there’s no point in rebuilding,” Craver said.

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A vote on a resolution at Tuesday night’s city council meeting could see the building demolished if no further progress is demonstrated.

“This owner is basically washing their hands of it and the city will come in and tear down the structure,” Carver said.


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