Commanding the controls of a 22-ton excavator, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Council Member Wanda Adams – District D today kicked off the demolition of the dangerous and abandoned Aries Motel at 8118 Gladstone in Sunnyside with other community leaders and members in attendance. The demolition 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 blighted abandoned homes and 1,120 apartment/condominium units. The demolished “Dirty Half-Dozen” properties include:
•3902 West Little York
•10403 Forum Park
“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.
“I want to thank the Mayor for all that she has done,” added Pastor James Nash of the nearby Greater Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church. “She is familiar with this area and has been working with us for years. This blighted motel had shootings, drugs and prostitution. This is a great day for Sunnyside and all of Houston.”
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 near future.