Tyler’s proposed budget to fund demolition of substandard buildings
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 6:10 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2022 at 9:55 PM CDT
Tyler City Manager Edward Broussard said run down buildings were brought to light in Dec. 2021 when firefighters narrowly escaped injury while inside a burning abandoned building. Several people who appeared to be homeless also had to be rescued from the building once known as the Tyson House, which was later deemed unsafe by the city.
Hands on a Hardbody began as a contest in Longview at a Nissan car dealership, and it attracted national attention. “It’s a real honor to do it here and to be the first one to do it in this area,” says Tim Mitchiner, Director of Hands on a Hardbody at Tyler Civic Theater.
When it comes to recovery efforts, emergency responders from East Texas are already in Florida.
“It’s a long road but all of our volunteers and all of our staff are willing to make it just to make the lives of Floridians a little bit easier,” said Doyle Rader, regional communications manager of the American Red Cross.
When the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee died from COVID-19 in 2020, Tyler said his dad’s widow and legal team tried to take the house his dad gave him away.
“This never was really about trying to tarnish anybody’s name or reputation or anything. It was simply me trying to protect the gift that he had given me and to take care of my family, my kids, an d my wife. And literally fight to keep our home.”
Although it’s unknown how many tires were on the property it is against the law to have more than 500 tires stored on public or private property without a permit. The Wood County Fire Marshal has turned the investigation over the TCEQ.