HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Residents living at Houston Housing Authority’s Kelly Village Apartments will soon see a well manicured, open area that will be available for them as well as the rest of the Houston community.

In their latest efforts continuing with revitalizing Houston, Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Housing Authority completed the first step in creating a community park by demolishing over sixty vacant units, which were lingering remnants of past hurricane damage.

“Construction of the park is expected to begin this fall,” added officials with the city of Houston. “When completed, the three-acre park will feature new playground equipment, jogging/walking trail, exercise stations and a community garden area.”

Mayor Annise Parker grabbed the first bulldozer swipe at the abandoned buildings and proudly demolished buildings that were not only an eyesore to Houston residents but posed danger and health risks for members of the community: “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 which is located in Houston’s historic Fifth Ward, is a 333 unit apartment complex. “The Housing Authority recently completed extensive renovations to the community center, lobby area and grounds at Kelly Village,” added authorities with the Houston Housing Authority. “The addition of the community park continues the Housing Authority’s commitment to providing its residents with quality housing.”

Houston Housing Authority President & CEO Tory Gunsolley added that the combined efforts from city leaders to continue making Houston a prosperous and thriving city continue to be a source of pride, will be tasks that will be joyously undertaken: “We want our residents to be proud to call Kelly Village their home,” said. “With the addition of the park, residents and the wider community will have a nice place to exercise and relax.”

Click here to view pictures taken of the Kelly Village Demolition endeavor.


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