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DeKalb County Targets Blight At Brannon Hill Condos

Jul 13, 2017

Ten years, 30 code-enforcement citations and $400,000 in federal money.

That’s what it’s taking to address blight at the Brannon Hill Condominiums near Clarkston.

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Thursday morning, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond kicks off the demolition of two of the complex's abandoned buildings.

The Brannon Hill Condominiums have highlighted the challenges local governments can face in tackling eyesore properties.

Private property rights are always an issue, but they become even more of a hurdle with condominiums that have 82 different owners.

County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw, whose district includes the complex, said he's glad to see change in the area.

“If the overall objective is to attract development, DeKalb County has to be perceived as safe and clean,” Bradshaw said.

The Brannon Hill Condominiums have been the site of dumping and even fires.

The county's focus Thursday is the complex's remaining 100 empty units.  

Another 100 units were demolished earlier. Meanwhile, nearly 200 of the condos remain occupied.