DANVILLE — Between 26 and 30 abandoned houses are targeted for demolition in Danville.
Funding the work is $399,000 in community revitalization grant money.
The homes are already in the possession of the city.
Mayor Rickey Williams Jr. said demolition on some of the houses could begin this year if they do not require asbestos removal.
Those with asbestos would likely be demolished next year.
One delay will be cutting through the red tape required as a result of the grant process.
The work could be done by multiple contractors that would start at the same time.
Williams said the number of houses to be demolished is just a drop in the bucket toward the number that need to be torn down.
“Unfortunately, we have about 1,000 in our community that need to be demolished,” Williams said.
He said Danville has 2,500 more houses than people to live in them.
More than 300 homes in Danville have been torn down in the last four years, which Williams said is a substantially higher number than previous years.
Williams said while some residents might prefer that the ugliest-looking houses be torn down first, that won’t necessarily happen.
“Usually it’s not the houses that look the worst but the ones that create the largest safety hazard that could fall and land on a person or land on the street or on a neighbor’s property,” he said.
Many of the houses are ones that were simply abandoned.
“Some (were occupied) by the elderly who died,” he said. “Some just never maintained them, and some have been empty for decades.
“Anything that you leave without any kind of temperature control is just going to fall apart.”