"Make Safe Saturday"
March 26, 2014 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker today announced the 2014 launch of Make Safe Saturday, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014. Instituted last March, the quarterly initiative "makes safe" blighted and dangerous properties that are in violation of city codes and which the owners have failed to correct.
"Blighted properties pose a threat to public safety because they invite vagrancy and crime, decrease property value and diminish neighborhood pride," said Mayor Parker. "The complex legal process required for demolition often has us waiting longer than we'd like to take these dangerous buildings down. If we can't raze them, let's clean them up and secure them."
Last year, city crews cleaned and secured 177 properties under the quarterly Make Safe initiative. The projects were conducted by the Department of Neighborhoods Inspections & Public Service (IPS) division with the participation of other city departments, including Solid Waste Management, Public Works & Engineering and HPD. The effort also involved the support of Keep Houston Beautiful, civic groups and community volunteers. This quarter, Make Safe Saturday will target 109 dangerous properties in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Make Safe Saturday 2014 - Press Conference & Kickoff, March 29, 11 a.m.
Mayor Parker will be joined by city officials, civic leaders and residents for a press conference and kickoff of Make Safe Saturday, Saturday, March 29, 11 a.m., at 4123 Elmwood in Sunnyside. IPS workers will clean the property and secure the building at the site and several other locations in the vicinity from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
City crews will carry out "make safe" projects at the 109 targeted properties over the next several weeks, with completion of all work expected by early May.
For more information about Make Safe Saturday, visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods.