It took almost five years, but a derelict house in the 6300 block of Charles Page Boulevard, which had because a health and safety hazard, is gone.
As part of a Tulsa County cleanup project, a shovel excavator Tuesday afternoon knocked down the structure near Ziegler Park
J.D. Smith, Charles Page Neighborhood Association president, said the group started lobbying government agencies in August, 2006.
Smith said the house was originally built for an official of the Sand Springs Home in the 1920s.
“As time went by, it became run down,” Smith said. “It (the building) was a nasty place. It was empty for awhile and homeless people moved in. They absolutely trashed it.”
At first, the group approached the City of Tulsa only to find out the property was in an unincorporated part of Tulsa County. Then the group found out the county did not have the authority to condemn the unplatted piece of property.
“County Commissioner Karen Keith had them change the law so the county had the authority,” Smith said.
Tulsa County and the Tulsa City-County Health Department both worked on the project. Cherokee Pride Construction was selected to do the demolition and site cleanup work at a cost of $46,000.00. The project is being paid for by an Urban County Community Development Block Grant coordinated by INCOG (Indian Nations Council of Governments), officials said.
“This has been a long time coming, and we are grateful the home owner cooperated in the demolition of this specific property,” Keith said. “It takes the passion of homeowners like J.D. Smith and Don Comstock to maintain the vitality of our neighborhoods.”
In addition to the demolition, Tulsa County will sponsor a fall cleanup effort to allow area residents to clear debris that has accumulated over time.
Flyers will be distributed by the County announcing the time of the cleanup and location of the dumpsters, Michael Willis, county spokesman, said.
By Paul Waldschmidt of the Sand Springs Leader
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