The City of Bristol and Mayor Ken Cockayne (R-Bristol) continued the blight fight with the demolition of another condemned home, this one Cider Mill Road.
“This is a city wide effort and blight will be addressed in any neighborhood where it exists. This is not simply a West End issue or a down town issue. It is a long overdue process that has affected the entire city.” said Cockayne in a press release from his office. “The house on Cider Mill Road was vacant for a significant amount of time. It had fallen into a significant state of disrepair and was infested with mold. It was not worth it to investors to try to rehab it, and the city, after fair warning, has torn down the house.” In his press release, Cockayne stressed the city is willing to work with property owners to rehab their properties in distress, but warnings from the city must be heeded.
Cockayne stated, “Addressing blight by taking down houses is not a decision reached easily. It involves many costs to the taxpayers, but I feel it is an investment in our city. Liens are placed on the properties so that when they are sold, we will recover the cost of demolition. There are other benefits to this process as well. Neighborhoods are improving. Property values are improving. This fight will continue, I promise you that.”