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Margaritas Mexican restaurant on Sixth Avenue Southeast in Decatur.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Margaritas Mexican restaurant on Sixth Avenue Southeast in Decatur.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 2224 Sixth Ave. S.E.

Description: The billboard outside Margaritas informs passers-by that the Mexican restaurant is remodeling. In the shadows of the billboard, grass and weeds engulf the property in front of Margaritas. Aluminum cans and plastic bags litter the area. The property is adjacent to one of the city's busiest thoroughfares.

Owner: Morgan County revenue records list the property owner as One-Two-Three Corp. of Chattanooga. The Daily found no listing for One-Two-Three Corp. and calls to Margaritas went to a recording that said the telephone line was disconnected.

Ordinance: Decatur's weed, junk and litter ordinance requires owners to maintain their property so as not to constitute a nuisance. The ordinance describes grass and weeds taller than 12 inches as a nuisance.

Responsible officials: David Lee, code enforcement officer for Decatur's Community Development Department, said the property violates city code and the owners will receive a notice.

With the property owners based in Chattanooga, Community Development will will notify the owners of the weed abatement via mail and by placing a red notice placard on the property.

The property is in City Councilman David Bolding's District 2.

Records from Decatur's Building Department reveal that it issued no permit for remodeling to Margaritas.

"If they are just doing a cosmetic makeover, they don't have to come to us, but they do if they start messing with the structure," Patricia Funari with the Building Department said.

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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