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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Oakhurst update 3

"We would love to see it gone or at least something done by the time school starts," said Evans.  Source: WLBT "We would love to see it gone or at least something done by the time school starts," said Evans. Source: WLBT
"Grass us grown higher," said McGee. "The trees have gotten bigger and more trash has been piled up.   Source: WLBT "Grass us grown higher," said McGee. "The trees have gotten bigger and more trash has been piled up. Source: WLBT
"Grass us grown higher," said McGee. "The trees have gotten bigger and more trash has been piled up.   Source: WLBT "Grass us grown higher," said McGee. "The trees have gotten bigger and more trash has been piled up. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

I first told you about the problems with 2349 Oakhurst Drive in south Jackson back in February after an email from 25-year-old Michael McGee. He's a youth minister at nearby Alta Woods Baptist Church.

"Now it's being used for drug trade," said McGee five months ago. "A lot of sexual activity goes on thee as well as just possibility for kids to get in trouble."

I went back a month later and nothing had changed, much to the disappointment of Michael James Evans, who lives across the street.

"It's just a problem in the neighborhood for the kids, said Evans."

Now, five months later, McGee reached out to 3 On Your Side again.

"Grass us grown higher," said McGee. "The trees have gotten bigger and more trash has been piled up. That's about as much progress as we've seen. Other than that, no haven't seen anything."

McGee says he reached out to Mayor Tony Yarber through social media and he says the mayor responded.

"(The Mayor) asked me if I'd rather board it up or bulldoze it," said McGee. "We definitely want it bulldozed. Cuz you don't need a boarded up house across the street from a church and a school and a daycare."

Evans has noticed increased activity at the abandoned house.

"Probably doing drugs, you know what I'm saying?" asked Evans. "The car was pulled all the way up here; all the way under the carport. It be cars here all the time."

And with two daughters, 10 and 11-years-old, as well as back-to-school only a few weeks away, both Evans and McGee are very concerned.

"We would love to see it gone or at least something done by the time school starts," said Evans.

I contacted Kenneth Taylor, Deputy Director of the City of Jackson's Office of Code Services about 2349 Oakhurst Drive.

"The property is scheduled for an administrative hearing on August 5th," said Taylor in an email. "This hearing will allow the owner an opportunity to appear before the judge and state why this property is in disrepair."

"After the hearing, this will give us the needed authority to have this property cleaned by the city, if it is not corrected by the owner," Taylor went on to say.
 
I will keep you posted.

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