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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

This building is at Old Moulton Road and Kirby Bridge Road.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
This building is at Old Moulton Road and Kirby Bridge Road.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: Kirby Bridge and Old Moulton roads.

Description: Complainant says the property has been vacant and incomplete for more than five years, and now plant growth is overtaking it. Complainant worries that it is becoming a meeting place for illicit activity.

Property owner: Larry Woodall of Trinity says he built the building for Conoco Gas Co. to lease, but the deal failed. He says he spent $65,000 on the property, and he is trying to sell it for at least $45,000. He said it has a state-approved septic system, public water and four, 40-foot driveways.

"All it needs is a roof," he said. "I'll go out there next week and cut the grass."

Ordinance: There are no ordinances concerning vacant or unfinished buildings in the county.

Responsible officials: The building is in Commissioner Jeff Clark's District 1. It is on private property and its condition does not violate county regulations.

Let us know if you're tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or eyesore in your neighborhood. If you live in Decatur, contact the Community Development Weed, Junk and Litter hot line at 341-4963 or The Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or Morgan County residents may contact the Environmental Division at the Morgan County Health Department at 560-6563, if they believe there is a health problem.

- Tiffeny Hurtado

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