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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Grimacing on Glendale

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A resident of Glendale Street, off Bailey Avenue, called about an eyesore across the street from his house. It's an area, he and others who live there, are trying to reclaim from blight and dilapidation, but he said he's having a tough time getting help with this particular property.

Wesley Benson takes pride in the upkeep of his Glendale Street home, but sitting on his front porch would be a lot more enjoyable if he didn't have to see what's across the street.

"It's awful," said Benson.

Three-ninety-four Glendale Street is so overgrown, weeds and tree limbs are beginning to encroach on the driveway of the elderly resident next door. And there are signs, like an empty liquor bottle, that some unsavory things go on in the dilapidated structure. It sits in the shadow of this church, Benson's place of employment.

He says the church has even tried to buy the property, but the owner wouldn't accept their offer, saying it was too low.

The owner is listed on Hinds County tax rolls as Victor Williams. I tried to contact Williams, but I only got his voicemail. I left him a message. So far, he has not returned my call.

Wesley Benson said, "I've been here six years; ain't nothing been done to it."

Asked if he had tried to reach out to the city and have the property declare a nuisance, Benson replied, "How many times. How many times."

"We're working on it. We're working on it," the city says, according to Benson. "They ain't working on nothing yet."

Benson said he and others in this neighborhood, including members of the church, are trying to make it a better place to live, but it's hard to do when your hands are tied with nuisance property like this.

Benson said, "Ain't nobody in no neighborhood got no business having nothing like that in your neighborhood as much taxes as we play,nobody," said Benson.

Help may be on the way. I contacted Community Improvement and Jackson Police officer Colendula Green told me a check up on 349 Glendale Street has been conducted and an Environment Court date has been set for October 14th. I will keep you posted.

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