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Shreveport neighborhood urges city to demolish crumbling building before someone gets hurt

Blighted property near Friendship House in Allendale
Blighted property near Friendship House in Allendale(KSLA)
Updated: Apr. 30, 2021 at 2:56 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Emmitt Welch, who is over Allendale’s Friendship House, wants city property standards to address dilapidated properties in Shreveport.

His main focus is a old building at the corner of North Allen Avenue and Clay Street. At one time, this building was a nightclub, corner store, garage and home.

Since then, the building has remained vacant and fallen apart. Welch says people break into it and that he’s put up barriers to keep it empty.

“If I don’t raise the flag on this particular issue and something happens to one of these little kids, I could never live with myself,” Welch says.

The Friendship House is right across the street from this building. Welch fears that kids could be playing outside and happen to come in contact with the building.

The front of the building has bricks falling and looks like it could collapse at any moment.

In November, Welch reached out to Shreveport’s Property Standards Department and asked for them to demolish the building.

“They told me there is a two year backlog on properties,” Welch says.

KSLA News 12 reached out to the department and they told us about the backlog of cases and that they would access this property.

“There are vacant and dilapidated properties throughout the city,” Property Standards Director Terrance Green says. “It all comes down to dollars and cents of how much money we have to demolish these buildings.”

These buildings not only bring down property values, but create issues of safety for kids in the community.

Right now, people living in Allendale hope the city will remove this property before someone gets hurt.

Blighted property near Friendship House in Allendale
Blighted property near Friendship House in Allendale(KSLA)
Blighted property near Friendship House in Allendale
Blighted property near Friendship House in Allendale(KSLA)

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