LITTLE ROCK, AR - Tuesday night, the City of Little Rock decided to tear down "Sin City." The abandoned apartment complex in southwest Little Rock was known as a hotbed of crime in the 1990's.
City Directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to condemn and tear down the remaining apartment buildings. They could be gone by the end of May, according to City Manager Bruce Moore.
The demolition and asbestos removal should cost the city about $70,000 in taxpayer money. Bids will go out this month.
There is currently a fence around the buildings but it's torn and when FOX16 visited “Sin City” last week
, we saw liquor bottles, tons of trash and broken glass.
Neighbors have complained about "Sin City" for decades. Many spoke in favor of tearing it down Tuesday night. The city may sue to get the money it spends tearing the apartments down back.
Also Tuesday, Little Rock granted a building permit to the V.A. clinic proposed for Main Street. The city attorney and city manager both confirm the move came around 4:00 p.m. The V.A. wants to move into the old Cook Jeep building on Main Street near I-630 to give the facility more space than it currently has in its downtown Little Rock location.
This plan became the subject of many city meetings when some neighbors found out about the proposal and opposed it saying they didn’t want the V.A. in their neighborhood. Several veterans also spoke out in support of the move to Main Street.