HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker and other city leaders today kicked off the demolition of a dangerous and abandoned motel on the city’s south side.
The demolition of the Aries Motel at 8118 Gladstone in Sunnyside marks the successful completion of Mayor Parker's goal to demolish the six most blighted multifamily/commercial properties in Houston known as the "Dirty Half-Dozen."
In the past three years, the City of Houston has demolished more than 1,000 abandoned homes and 1,120 apartment/condominium units. The demolished "Dirty Half-Dozen" properties include:
- 8118 Gladstone
- 3902 West Little York
- 10403 Forum Park
- 3605 Crosstimbers
- 5292 Memorial
- 12540 Hillcroft
"We not only set an aggressive goal, we achieved it in record time," said Mayor Parker. "Although our resources are limited, I won't stop until we eliminate all of the dangerous, abandoned buildings threatening our safety, economy and quality of life. Now it’s on to the next dirty half-dozen."
Located in the Sunnyside neighborhood, the decaying 31-year-old Aries Motel has sat vacant for three years. The property has been a magnet for crime that threatened the health and well-being of local families.
Demolition of the two-story building, consisting of 27 units, its foundation and parking lot will take a week. The City's Housing and Community Development Department is providing $28,000 of federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds for the demolition.
The Department of Neighborhoods is currently developing and will release the new "Dirty Half-Dozen" list in the future.