Sumter, SC (WLTX)- The City of Sumter said they are continuing to tackle the problem of abandoned, dilapidated buildings throughout the city.

Such properties tend to bring down property values of neighborhoods, pose safety risks, and be a breeding ground for crime.

Mayor Joe McElveen said programs like Sumter Pride allow property owners who have crumbling buildings to pay the City $400 to demolish the home. Owners are then left with green space.

"Structures on Liberty Street and Main Street where bricks were falling into the street, they had been in the legal process for years," McElveen said. "What we said was, lets avoid that expensive, long, legal process and go to the property owner 'look, you know your house is in bad shape, pay 400 dollars and you keep the property and the house is gone'."

In this past year, the City has demolished about 100 homes through the Sumter Pride Program, Neighborhood Initiative Program, and Code Enforcements.

They Mayor said there are about 400-500 more homes identified by the city.