County demolishing more than 50 dilapidated condo units

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By J.D. Capelouto

DeKalb County is set to demolish 56 “dilapidated and neglected” units at a condominium complex Thursday, officials said.

The Brannon Hill Condominiums just outside of Clarkston have been described as the “worst community in America” by a local nonprofit, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in 2017, when the county demolished 28 vacated condo units.

“The deplorable conditions at Brannon Hill Condominiums constitute a public nuisance, which imperils the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of that neighborhood,” the county said in a statement in 2017.

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The county has taken steps in recent years to fight blight and abandoned properties, allocating $3.8 million in funds in 2017 to address derelict properties.

“Our work to remediate blight is a journey and not an event. It did not begin at Brannon Hill and it will not end at Brannon Hill,” county CEO Michael Thurmond said in 2017, when the demolishing began at the complex. “We will restore DeKalb to be the place people choose to live, work and play.”

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