OCTOBER 30, 2011 10:35 a.m. (3)
Scott Towers, the 14-story apartment complex for senior citizens and the disabled on Augusta Street, is one step closer to being demolished.
On Monday, Greenville City Council authorized the Greenville Housing Authority to apply for a permit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish the high-rise.
The tower was built in 1972.
A study conducted by Langley and Associates in June put the cost to fix the building at $12 million, or 62 percent of its value.
Residents were told on Oct. 3 of the demolition plans.
Housing Authority officials plan to ask for voluntary relocations of 81 residents of the Garden Apartments, a mid-rise building behind the tower, to make room for displaced Scott Towers residents.
The Housing Authority will help Scott Towers tenants find new housing. The first relocations are expected to start in November and the entire tower should be vacated by September 2012.
After all the tenants are relocated, the tower will be demolished.
The Housing Authority plans to redevelop the site with mixed-income housing, some for seniors.
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