Bill Appling owns three buildings on Conception Street in downtown Mobile. He has been trying to rent one of the buildings out, but due to the poor condition of a neighboring building he hasn’t been able to. Appling does not own the dilapidated building next door so, there’s not much he can do to fix the problem.
“It’s now affecting my pocketbook because I have people who want to rent, but won’t because the building next door looks so terrible. It’s not even boarded up properly or attractively,” Appling said.
Two years ago, the owners of the blighted property tore off the facade. Appling and other surrounding business owners were under the impression work would be done immediately to restore the building. However, two years later and this building hasn’t had any work done on it.spoke to
I spoke to Cartledge Blackwell, with Mobile’s Historic Development Commission, about the issue and he agrees that something must be done. The property needs to be looked at again–it will be looked at with all of the angles- be it historic, life safety issues, or maintenance and you can expect to see a lot more scrutiny in the future.”
“The property needs to be looked at again–it will be looked at with all of the angles- be it historic, life safety issues, or maintenance. You can expect to see a lot more scrutiny in the future,” Blackwell said.
Appling says if the owners don’t take action soon the city should step in.