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Abandoned Jackson church still standing

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Over a month ago we showed you a dilapidated, abandoned church in west Jackson. Residents called it a eyesore.

The City of Jackson promised action. Tuesday WLBT found little has been addressed. Vagrants and thieves have stripped Victory Cathedral inside and out. Neighbors said it's a haven for crime.

One day after WLBT first reported this story July 6, Jackson city inspectors were on the scene of Victory Cathedral Tuesday testing for asbestos.

"We do know the property owner and now it's going out for asbestos testing. And from that point we will proceed with having it demolished," said City Improvement Manager Claude Smith in July.

Results reveal asbestos in the building according to a city spokeswoman Tuesday.

In July, action was promised within 10 days. But WLBT is now told all bids came in too high for demolition and will have to be re-bid.

The city said the building would be boarded up. Tuesday WLBT found the waist high grass had been cut and a warning sign on the front doors which remain unlocked and open to anyone.

"What we want is safety for our kids and stuff around here. And think about the elements an abandoned place that big can have around here," said Gloria Chancellor, who lives down the street.

In July city officials said the sprawling church located at 220 Moss Avenue, off West Capitol Street, is slated for demolition.

WLBT found it was abandoned years ago, and that as of June 1, the Hinds County Tax Assessor ruled the property is no longer tax exempt because it is abandoned and not in use.  

All costs will be added to Bishop R. K. Pitts property taxes. WLBT was unable to reach the former pastor for comment.

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