ARLINGTON -- The first of fourteen complexes were torn down Monday in Arlington at the former site of the Willows Condominiums.
The homes were flooded back in September 2010 when a tropical storm swept through the area.
The city of Arlington purchased the damaged condos earlier this year, along with 49 other flood-prone homes around Rush Creek. The plan is to turn the development into a new park.
"This will add 25 acres of parkland," said Keith Melton, Arlington Public Works director. “There is a couple different parks in the area that will now be contiguous with the removal of these homes.”
Arlington is paying for the project with $16 million in bonds. Those funds that will be repaid over the next 20 years through storm-water fees in resident’s utility bills.