Mobile blight bill passes Alabama House

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This is a blighted home in the city of Mobile.

MOBILE, AL (WALA) –

Local lawmakers are working on a bill that might help deal with the hundreds of dilapidated homes scattered around the city.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Barbara Drummond (D – Mobile County). She says it would expedite the process of taking control of blighted properties.

Drummond says under current law, it could take three to six years to get rid of a blighted home. This would speed things up so the city could either demolish the building or fix up the property more quickly, but Drummond didn’t say exactly how much time the process would take if the law passed.

The bill would also give neighbors the ability to determine what goes on the property after it’s been cleared.

Drummond says the number one complaint she gets from constituents is about blight and each home next to a blighted property is devalued by $6,500.

"These are houses that have been sitting there for 20+ years that are causing blight in our city and the city has little recourse to go in and do anything and that is what this bill is going to do is give another tool to get rid of the city’s blight," she said.

This is a local bill so it only affects the city of Mobile. Next it moves to a local senate delegation committee before hitting Senate floor.

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