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Courtyard Apartments future in hands of Gulfport City Council

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The City of Gulfport wants to eliminate an eyesore on DeBuys Road. So on Tuesday, the city council will determine whether the Courtyard Apartment complex is blighted, and whether steps should be taken to repair or demolish the facility.

The Courtyard Apartments were heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, a fire raced through part of the two story brick apartment building. The property remains blighted more than four years after the storm.

Neighbors would like to see it demolished or at least renovated. Since the storm, some windows and doors have been boarded shut. But they say that's about it.

A wooden privacy fence is all that separates the rundown apartments from gated condominium community. From the balconies, the blight is clearly visible to neighbors. But the safety issue is far more serious than the lack of eye appeal.

Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel wants all visible evidence of Katrina's damage removed or remedied before the upcoming fifth anniversary. That would include the Courtyard property. His spokesman is Ryan LaFontaine. "Our concerns are that it is unsafe and could pose a danger to the surrounding neighborhood. We want to be able to send inspectors in to see if we're right. We want to know what kind of condition this property is in," said LaFontaine.

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