CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Neighborhood safety is a high priority for the City of Corpus Christi, and that's why code enforcement is beautifying neighborhoods.
With the help of the Code Enforcement demolition program funded by the Community Development Block Grants, a deteriorating home in Flour Bluff was demolished.
According to members, the program is meant to improve neighborhoods by removing homes that are abandoned or unsuitable for living in.
Anthony Garza owned the property that was demolished on Friday for about a year in hopes of revitalizing it, but he said the property had a lot of issues with homeless people and drugs.
"I've seen needles in there myself. Originally when I bought the property, I saw that when I walked through it. So yeah, I've seen that," Garza said.
Garza said the home was irreparable, so he reached out to the city for help.
Residents in the area were happy to see the city coming out to help improve their neighborhoods.
"It was unsafe for my grandchildren to walk the street right here with stray dogs and cats chasing them. However, I'm glad that they finally got this taken care of right now. I'm thankful to the city of Corpus Christi for stepping up," resident Michael E. Morell said.
"I think they should tear it down and hopefully someday rebuild something new, something somebody can enjoy," resident Robert Thornton said.
To learn more about the city's voluntary and involuntary programs for these home demolitions click here.