The future of the Smiley Court housing project, which was built but not completed in the US state of Montgomery, is unclear.


The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development said the housing project cannot be repaired. The Ministry approved the demolition of the housing project. Local residents who could not settle in their homes were placed in other districts.

Evette Hester, executive director for MHA, said in an email there are no specific plans for the land or buildings at this time and plans for demolition have yet to be determined. MHA still controls the land, she said.


People living in the area said the buildings were old, the houses were full of cracks, and the lands around the project turned into a swamp. “These apartments are old. It’s about time for them to tear them down,” Nancy Pettaway, a former Smiley Court resident, told the Montgomery Advertiser in 2017.

There were many public order affairs around the unfinished housing project. Especially in the 90s, big problems emerged.

John Wilson, police chief at the time, blamed drugs, in particular crack cocaine, for the majority of the issues at the housing projects.

“Anything we do to solve this situation, is going to have to come out of deterrence. Criminals are going to have to be afraid of us — is about what it amounts to. And everybody’s going to see that as a police state and a military action and brutality and all the things that go with that,” Wilson said.

Smiley Court was made in 1970. The project has witnessed many performances since its inception.

“Anything we do to solve this situation, is going to have to come out of deterrence. Criminals are going to have to be afraid of us — is about what it amounts to. And everybody’s going to see that as a police state and a military action and brutality and all the things that go with that,” Wilson said.

Source: montgomeryadvertiser.com

Sevdenur Demir / realestatecoulisse.com

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