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Atlanta tears down abandoned apartment complex, community rejoices

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

An eyesore comes down, and in it's place, comes the rebirth of a neighborhood.

The city of Atlanta tore down an abandoned and dilapidated building in
Southwest Atlanta, that the community had complained about for years. The Cornerstone Apartments are located at the corner of Alison Ct. and Myrtle Drive.  

This is a day many have waited for.

"There were so many blocks, and they had excuses that this was going to just to have to stay here, and we were going to have to suck it up and deal with it, and that's not true," neighbor Ramona Benson said.

The abandoned buildings took a hold of the surrounding community, and caused fear among the people that lived nearby.

"Drugs, hanging out and it's an eyesore for the community," neighbor Gwen England said.

They pressed on and never gave up believing this day would eventually come. After 6 years, England has a smile she can't wipe off her face. 

"I see a rat trap going down, and I am happy as I can be," England said.

The city ended up bypassing the normal route of going through the owners, and went straight to a judge to get an order to tear the apartments down.

"The community has been very diligent, very patient making sure that the city held up it's end of the bargain. It's not just about tearing down buildings, it's about building up communities," Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms said.

"It means that criminals don't have a place to hide. It means criminals don't have a place to conduct criminal activity, drugs, prostitution," Atlanta Police Maj. C.J. Davis said.

With every piece falling to the ground, means this community has a piece of their neighborhood back.

"It's a burden lifted off my shoulder to know that it's gone," England said. 

Every moment of frustration now seems worth it.

"It's kind of like giving birth. You forget about all the pain once it happens, so we're here today giving birth to a new neighborhood, and a new opportunity," Benson said. 

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