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Neighborhood Eyesore Exposed


It’s more than an eyesore. Neighbors worry a vacant house is full of dangers and it’s been that way far too long.

All spring Jeff Platzer didn't need a zoo visit to experience a jungle.He just looked next door. Platzer says, "How could they let it go like this."
A house neighbors say has been vacant for years but not unoccupied inside or out. Isabella Hughes a young neighbor says, "When I walk over there I feel like there are raccoons, snakes and rats in there."

Fact Finders contacted city code enforcement and an inspector found numerous violations. The front door closed but not secure. The cellar entrance open and dangerous. Jeff Platzer says, "Anyone could fall down there."

A Neighbor tells the inspector, "There’s been lots of people come and go here, they go in and come out. I've called the police several times."

The property owner tells Fact Finders the four unit apartment house has been vacant since a water leak though tenants mail, some with post marks two years old, sits inside the porch.

Neighbor Andy Hughes says, " It definitely hurts the valuation of our house around here, that house being in such bad shape." All spring neighbors frustrations grew with the grass and weeds but just a few hours after being contacted by Fact Finders, the real estate investment group that owns the property had a yard crew out here with their weed whackers.

An investor who owns the property says he's been out of the country and unable to respond to neighborhood complaints until now. He tells Fact Finders a buyer is interested with plans to turn the house back into a single family home.

City inspectors will be watching.


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