Crews Demolish One of City's Worst Buildings

After three years and work by many people, one of the city's worst eye sores is finally being demolished. Yesterday crews began knocking down the walls of the vacant Candlelight Trails apartment complex in north Houston. Bill Stamps has more.

(cheering and applause).

There have been other buildings torn down in Houston, but this one was so important Mayor Annise Parker came out to see it for herself.

"This is a hot day in Houston, but it’s going to be an even hotter day for property owners who don’t keep up their properties."


The Candlelight Trails apartment and condominium complex sits on DeSoto street in north Houston. In the past few years it has gotten more attention than any other abandoned building in Houston. Partly because of residents and business leaders like Wayne Norden, who put constant pressure on local and state politicians to do something about the building, which was a haven for crime.

"I was in the dark until a couple of hours ago. So we’ve been on the phones calling our friends getting them here to watch this, because there’s a lot of people who have a vested interest in watching these come down."

Just a few weeks ago, a group of politicians, which included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and State Representative Sylvester Turner, toured some of the most blighted areas in Houston. That day Turner virtually promised Candlelight Trails would be torn down before the end of the year.

"I don’t want to underscore that this is a major victory for homeowners and in revitalizing this entire area."

A major victory that is just one step says Mayor Parker, in the long process of cleaning up and beautifying the city of Houston.