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Neighbors have complained about the overgrown yard at 1912 Ewell St. S.W. The house has been vacant for more than a month.
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Neighbors have complained about the overgrown yard at 1912 Ewell St. S.W. The house has been vacant for more than a month.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 1912 Ewell St. S.W.

Description: Neighbors complain the knee-high grass and dilapidated shutters make the residence an eyesore. Winford Turner Jr., one neighbor, believes the owner leases the property.

“No one has been living in there for about a month and a half,” Turner said. “There was a ‘For sale by owner’ sign in the yard, but now it’s gone.”

Turner believes the current state of the residence decreases the property values of homes in that neighborhood, and he is ready for the Community Development Department to take action.

“It (the property) has been tagged twice this summer, and someone has taken the signs down,” Turner said. “They need to go ahead and bulldoze it down. There are holes in the floors, and the bathrooms are rotted out.”

Owner: According to the Morgan County revenue commissioner’s office, Wachovia Corp. of Philadelphia owns the property.

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to maintain weed growth so as not to constitute a public nuisance.

Responsible officials: The property is in City Councilman Ronny Russell’s District 4.

Allen Stover, grants administrator for Community Development, confirmed the department issued a notice to the owner. If the owner fails to comply with the ordinance by the end of this week, the department will go to the City Council and seek a weed abatement.

“We would have contractors go out to the property and cut the grass,” Stover said. “The owner of the property would be billed for the cost.”

Let us know if you’re tired of seeing a dilapidated building, litter, a drainage problem or an eyesore in your neighborhood. Contact Community Development’s weed, junk and litter hot line at 341-4963. You can also contact the Daily newsroom at 340-2433 or news@decaturdaily.com.

Catherine Godbey

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