BRISTOL, Va. -

The City of Bristol, Virginia is continuing the fight against blight.

A construction crew was at a lot on Russell Street near downtown Thursday cleaning up another home that has been demolished to make way for possible new construction.

Mayor Guy Odum tells us the city has destroyed 40 houses so far. Some of the homes were deeded over to the city by property owners who owed more in back taxes than the property is worth.

Odum says it's all part of improving the city. "You tear down the houses that are beyond repair and you bring in some nicer houses that are really livable for people to move into," he said.

Mayor Odum says they are taking a firmer stance on some of these properties .because the State of Virginia has passed stronger property blight laws.