Some south Jackson residents are complaining about a new neighbor who they say has turned his front year into a car lot.
They turned to 3 On Your Side for help after reportedly being told by the city that the problem wouldn't be addressed immediately.
Essie Slaughter of Forrest Hill Road said since the first of the year about a dozen vehicles have been for sale in the front yard of the house across from her Forest Hill Road home.
"Saturday he had someone come in washing cars just like a regular car lot," Slaughter said.
She said it is a blatant violation of city ordinances and neighborhood covenants.
"Cars, the traffic, people looking at cars...We're faced now with declining property values as it is, and we just want to make sure that our properties hold their value," Slaughter said.
The credit union vice president has lived at her home for 11 years.
On January 3rd, Slaughter said she called the Mayor's Action Line and was given a case number and told the investigation could take several days.
She later called police and expected them to immediately shut down the operation.
"I don't know what else to do," Slaughter said. "Once we as a concerned citizen call with a complaint surely it should merit some concern from our city officials and those in power to make that change."
While we were speaking with Slaughter, Charles Wilson arrived at the home.
"I brought my cars here until I could find me another facility," Wilson said.
The car dealer said he rented a location on Highway 18 and Highway 80 for his business but was told by the city that he could not park the vehicles because of zoning.
"The building is C-3 exactly what I need, but the parking area is C-2," Wilson said. "So I can park my vehicles inside the building, but I can not go to the zone. So now I've lost over $40 something hundred dollars into this project."
After speaking with Wilson Wednesday about the complaint he told WLBT that he had removed several cars and was in the process of moving the rest.
They were taken to a new car lot, CC's Autos, that just opened on Terry Road.
Wilson said neighbors should have spoken with him, and he would have told them about his temporary problem.
"I had no choice but to either put them there or stick them way in the back," Wilson said. "Now you wonder 'Well oh you put your for sale sign on it'. What was I supposed to do I'm trying to sell them."
"We welcome him wholeheartedly as a resident here," Slaughter said. "We don't discriminate. We just want him to help us keep our property values where they should be."
Wilson said the only vehicles that will remain at his property after Wednesday are his personal vehicles.
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