MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The City of Montgomery started work today to demolish a cluster of apartment buildings that was condemned nearly six years ago.
The city today started demolishing what used to be the Cloverland Garden Apartment Complex on E. Delano Ave. between Court Street and Norman Bridge Road.
The original plan for the property had been to allow city fire crews to use the building for practice burns, however, the discovery of asbestos in the structures meant crews had to abate the asbestos before the city could demolish the old units.
At this time, the owner of the property is not involved in the actions being taken by the city - they have abandoned the property and are essentially defunct according to city leaders.
The bank holding the mortgage on the property, Ever Bank, has not officially foreclosed on the property. They entered into an agreement with the city to pay $210,000 for city crews to demolish the property.