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Overgrown grass and weeds dominate the former Taco Bell property at 2116 Sixth Ave. S.E.
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Overgrown grass and weeds dominate the former Taco Bell property at 2116 Sixth Ave. S.E.

Hiding in plain sight

Location: 2116 Sixth Ave. S.E.

Description: The distinctive Spanish-style building with its arched roof and rounded windows is vacant. Neighbor to the new Taco Bell restaurant, overgrown weeds and grass dominate the property of the previous Taco Bell building.

Closed since early 2006, the abandoned building displays a for-sale sign, symbolizing the prospect of future development.

Property owner: Morgan County revenue records list the property owners as Tacala LLC, a company that operates Taco Bell franchises across the Southeast.

Susan Jernigan, real estate development officer with Tacala, said Tacala owns the property but leased it to new tenants within the past month.

“We still own the property but it is the responsibility of the new tenants to maintain the area,” Jernigan said.

Jernigan would not provide any further information concerning the new tenants but expects an announcement soon.

Decatur’s Building Department verified that a permit was given to Select Management Resources of Alpharetta, Ga., on Wednesday. The company operates LoanMax, an agency that offers car title loans.

Ordinance: Decatur’s weed, junk and litter ordinance requires property owners to keep weeds and grass at a maximum height of 12 inches and also maintain all ornamental and non-ornamental plant growth.

Responsible officials: The property is in City Councilman David Bolding’s district 2. Bolding said he noticed the property’s decline but hasn’t received any complaints from his constituents.

David Lee, a code enforcement officer with Community Development, confirmed his department issued notices for both the old and new Taco Bell buildings for overgrown weeds.

According to Lee, the landscapers maintaining the current Taco Bell’s property failed to address the high grass on the property’s backside.

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

Catherine Godbey

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