BATON ROUGE, La (FOX44) —
Update: The process of tearing down the Skylark Motel has begun. A crew began cleaning up the abandoned building this morning. According to the Department of Public Works, the motel will be completely torn down by the end of the week.
"I don't feel safe, no. I didn't feel safe when it was up," says Willie Blue.
He has lived near the Skylark Motel for years. He says he feels the abandoned building up the street from his house is attracting the wrong type of people, "You don't know who is sleeping in 'em, where they come from, what kind of people you're dealing with or whatever. You got an abandoned building you could have anybody there."
The Skylark Motel caught on fire twice within the last two months. The most recent one was Tuesday morning. Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte says responding to fires at run down buildings like the Skylark Motel can cause even more problems than normal, "Obviously those older, that are maybe dilapidated or are abandoned and have not been occupied for a long time certainly pose a greater risk as far as something that could be a failure in the structure itself. That's because the Department of Public Works will tear it down by the end of the week, "The process isn't a quick one to condemn a property, there's a legal process."
Now that that legal proces is complete Willie Blue hopes his community is now a little bit safer."