Demolition is underway on an abandoned condominium complex in Northwest Houston.
The City of Houston was finally given permission to tear down the Candlelight Trails apartments.
This is a day many have been waiting years to see.
Mayor Annise Parker had the best seat in the house. From behind the wheel of the bulldozer she tore into the abandoned building once known as the Candlelight Trails Condos.
Across the street, residents congregated. Watching as the eyesore and magnet for squatters and crime finally came tumbling down.
"I think it's about time," said Donald Williams who lives across the street.
Williams grew up in the area and has seen this complex go through a series of changes.
He told 39 News that firefighters were just out last week battling another fire.
"When it was good the apartment complex was nice, but when it went down it went all the way down," he said.
In 2007 the 240 unit complex was shut down because of its horrible living conditions.
But getting rid of the building all together wouldn't be so easy - the city had to sue some 150 owners before getting to this point.
"We're glad because this is going to reduce our call load for both guys on patrol and the ones on
Neighborhood protection," said M.L. Curren the Assistant Chief of Neighborhood Protection.
The complex sits on 11 acres. The assistant chief said it will take several days to knock down all nine buildings and a couple more weeks to clear up all the debris.
But the Mayor said just because the heavy equipment is gone - it doesn't mean their fight against blight is over.
"This is one more step in a long process to clean up the City of Houston," she said.
"This is a major victory for homeowners and in revitalizing this entire area," said State Representative Sylvester Turner.
This is just the beginning in the City's plan to revitalize the Antoine Corridor.
Plans are to build more single family homes and attract new businesses to the area.