PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County began the demolition of the Chapel Wood Apartments Thursday morning.
Chapel Wood, a set of 26 vacant apartments on Nova Avenue in Coral Hills, is being torn down after creating "significant public safety issues for the neighborhood over the years," according to County officials.
The project is part of the County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III's Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, which "is designed to address issues in six areas of the County that have challenges with high rates of crime, low student achievement, limited economic opportunity and numerous health disparities."
The County's Council Chair Andrea C. Harrison, County Council Member Karen R. Toles, 24th Legislative District State Senator Joanne C. Benson and Delegates Michael L. Vaughn and Carolyn J. B. Howard joined Baker for the demolition.
"For the surrounding community, Chapel Wood Apartments have been more than blight to their neighborhood. It has been a public safety hazard," said Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker. "These residents have waited too long for the removal of these apartments. I want to thank the community leaders, Council Member Toles, and specifically, Senator Benson for their unwavering advocacy to resolve this problem. I am proud of my Administration and the County employees who worked across several departments to resolve this issue and rid this neighborhood of blight that has been a part of this community for far too long. This is a great neighborhood and I am glad that we are helping these citizens move forward and begin transforming Nova Avenue."
Take a look at the photos above from the scene of the demolition courtesy of Danielle Gill and LNS.