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Vacant Fifth Ward buildings demolished to build community park

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Crews demolished more than 60 units of a Houston Housing Authority apartment complex to make space for the construction of a community park.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker watched as the 63 vacant units were demolished on Tuesday morning. The affected units had not been occupied since they sustained hurricane damage.

Construction of the park is scheduled to begin in the fall season. The three-acre park will include playground equipment, a jogging/walking trail, exercise stations and a community garden.

Mayor Annise Parker conducted the first bulldozer swipe at the abandoned buildings.

"One of my favorite things to do is to take the first swipe at properties that need to come down so we can improve our neighborhoods," said Mayor Parker. "Removing these apartments will rid Kelly Village of an eyesore while at the same time provide children in the are a place to play. I can't think of a better outcome."

Kelly Village, a 333-unit apartment complex administrated by the Housing Authority, recently completed extensive renovations to the community center, lobby area and grounds.

"We want our residents to be proud to call Kelly Village their home," said Houston Housing Authority president and CEO Tory Gunsolley. "With the addition of the park, residents and the wider community will have a nice place to exercise and relax."

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