REALITY CHECK UPDATE: Spanish Fort home finally bulldozed


After years of complaints from neighbors, a Spanish Fort new construction home was finally torn down on Tuesday, May 16th. Local 15's Andrea Ramey first reported on the major structural problems with this house and has our update tonight.

While no one was out popping champagne corks, neighbors were certainly excited to see the home on Lot 12 in the upscale Audubon neighborhood come crashing down.

"So excited! It needs to be done, and we're so grateful that it's finally happening," said neighbor Jessica Sweeney.

"We've had a cheering squad like you wouldn't believe in here," said Scott Byrd.

Scott Byrd's company, Byrd Brothers Excavating, is in charge of the demo.

"Everybody that passes either gives us the thumbs up, clapping or whatever. They're ready for this to be torn down," said Byrd.

We first reported the problems with this house in 2015. Major structural cracks in the foundation caused the potential buyers to pull out of the deal, and the home sat vacant. Leaving neighbors with not only an eyesore to stare at, but also major safety concerns it would collapse and hurt someone. The city issued a stop work order more than three years ago, but the city and Colony Homes remained at a standstill on how to resolve the problems. So, the next door neighbors filed a lawsuit against the builder, Colony Homes. Today's tear down is part of a settlement agreement.

Crews this week will be cautiously removing everything, including the slab that started the entire ordeal.

"Couldn't believe it. It's pretty bad where it blew out," said Byrd.

By the time we left, the house was down. Byrd says by the end of the week, all the debris should be removed. You can watch Andrea's original report HERE.