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.

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