LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — “All communities deserve to be safe, beautiful and blight-free.”

That’s the idea behind Prince George’s County’s recent efforts to tear down abandoned homes that plague some neighborhoods, according to Adam Ortiz, acting director of the county’s Department of Environmental Resources.

Though more than 40 demolitions have occurred in the past few months, there are more to come in the next few weeks. It’s a top priority for a new Department of Permits, Inspection and Enforcement.

Neighbors of a house demolished in Landover Monday told WNEW’s Karen Adams that abandoned homes draw infestations of rats and provide shelter for drug users.

The Washington Post reports that Prince George’s County councilmembers have all been supportive of the plan. Ortiz told The Post that abandoned properties, some of which have been sitting vacant for five or more years, drag down the value of nearby homes.

WNEW’s Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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