LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of Lafayette continues the effort to clean up neighborhoods. Last week the Lafayette Hearing Authority held a special meeting to see if five area homes qualify as abandoned.
If you walk through the Perrin Historic District in Lafayette, you'll see homes with character.
"It takes me back to like what it was to live back in the 1900s in some of these homes," said David Remter who lives in the neighborhood.
He said the vibe of the area was appealing to him, but that vibe is missing on some streets in this neighborhood.
Instead you'll see boarded windows, rusty hinges and chipped paint.
"People are really trying to work hard to keep their homes looking nice and those ones that don't, you know it really kind of brings down the neighborhood," said Remter.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said that is what the city is trying to avoid.
"We want to keep improving that housing stock because that's what helps strengthen neighborhoods," said Roswarski.
The goal isn't always to tear the homes down, instead Roswarski said they try to to get the owners to comply. However if people don't, the Lafayette Hearing Authority steps in and declares the homes abandoned.
"We've had some unpleasant hearings before when people own a property that's gonna get torn down that choose not to comply but we stick to our guns and we get things torn down," said Roswarski.
Often times the homes are given to Habitat for Humanity or the Faith Development Corporation.