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City of Tupelo set to demolish apartment complex

President's Gates will start going down in October.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 11:08 PM
Updated: Sep. 18, 2018 10:53 PM

UPDATE: The Tupelo City Council Tuesday night approved a contract with Century Construction to tear down the President's Gate Apartment Complex. The contract is for $316,000. Demolition of the complex will begin October 1st.

Original Story:

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)--The City of Tupelo plans to demolish the President's Gates Apartment Complex sometime in October.

The move is part of a city plan to get rid of apartment buildings that have become too old and have been associated with crime over the years.

Some, like Ward Seven Councilman Willie Jennings, see the effort as hurting low-income and minority residents in particular.

The City of Tupelo bought the complex for $2,500,000.

The demolition will begin in October. The cost of the demolition is just over $314,000.

The contract has been awarded to Century Construction.

City leaders have said they would assist displaced residents who lived in President's Gates.

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