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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Oakhurst update

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

In February, we responded to an email about an eyesore in south Jackson that had become a magnet for trouble.

We went back Monday to see if there has been any progress cleaning up 2349 Oakhurst Drive.

Youth minister Michael McGee was the person who email 'd me back in February about 2349 Oakhurst Drive.
"This is a building that was sold in 2009, foreclosed very quickly after," said McGee. We formerly owned it and now it's being used for drug trade."

But when we went back to see if anything had changed, it didn't take long for one of the neighbors to complain about this abandoned house.

"It's just a problem in the neighborhood for the kids to come and down the street and have to see all this and go up in the house an, you know, it could be needles, anything up in there," said MIchael James Evans. "Then they had the little 10-year-old girl got raped up in the house."


Evans said he's lived across the street from 2349 Oakhurst Drive for six years now and nothing has been done. He says he has called police, contacted the church and city officials but the problem remains. His biggest concern is the fact that the dilapidated structure is just across the street from the school his daughter attends, Lester Elementary.

"But I wish somebody would do something about it cuz it gonna attract the wrong crowd this summer and then I'm gonna have to be out here like I always do trying to keep the kids out," added Evans.

Evans, MaGee and other community members have tried to keep up the property, but they are limited on what they can do because it is now owned by the federal government.

I contacted Jewell Davis with the City of Jackson about 2349 Oakhurst Drive. She says Community Improvement will investigate and she will contact me after their research. I will keep you posted.

Let us help you take back your neighborhood. Just send an email to hballou@wlbt.com or contact me on Facebook or Twitter.

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