Imagine the house across the street from yours being gutted by fire but the burned out structure remains unattended to for almost two years.
That's exactly what has happened at 2410 Holmes Avenue in west Jackson and the life-long resident across the street, who contacted Three on Your Side, says it is time for somebody to do something about it. We did.
Holmes Avenue has been Mallina Jeuitt's neighborhood for 78-years.
She said, "It was just very nice...very,very nice. You could walk anywhere; go anywhere without any kind of fear and children would play out here."
One of those children was Mrs. Jeuitt's son, Robert, WLBT's own sports director, Rob Jay.
But for almost two years now, if Mrs. Jeuitt wants to sit on her front porch, she has to see this mess, just across the street.
Jeuitt said, "And you just can't hardly walk for fear. My daughter lives right across the street and I'm afraid to walk there; afraid someone is hiding in there and the scent; people putting different things in the house and it just really, really, something needs to be done about it."
As if the burned out shell of a house is not enough, no one has maintained the yard for who knows how long and that's causing even more problems.
"Bugs and dead cats and you know, everything, the smell and it's just really, terrible...terrible...terrible.", said Jeuitt.
She continued, "My daughter, she said she talked with councilman Kenneth Stokes about the house, so she said that he was going to, you know, do something about it, but nothing's never been done."
Checking the Hinds County real property billing roll, I learned the house belongs to a Mynos, LLC, care of Liberty Bank in New Orleans. No other contact information was listed. I did get in touch with city spokesperson, Quida Bride, who told me the property was inspected March 16, 2011 and is now under environmental review. That means a series of inspections before the eyesore can be dealt with. No word on how long all that will take, and that's not the news Mrs. Jeuitt wants to here, but she remains hopeful.
Asked if she is here to stay, Jeuitt replied, "I'm here to stay, hopefully, here to stay. Yes, and I've been here for a many year and I love out here and this used to be the best neighborhood around here."
We will keep you posted. Let us know how we can help you take back your neighborhood. And, if you've already turned your community around, we want to know how you did it. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 2011 WLBT. All rights reserved.