We have a partial success story about a south Jackson eyesore. I received an email from a south Jackson resident, late August, asking for help with an eyesore property. The woman, who asked not to be identified, has lived in her house across the street from 260 Marla Avenue for more than 50 years.
When we checked it out, weeds and debris had taken it over. The carport was caved in from a tree that had fallen on it. Also, about a block away was another eyesore, 2101 Oakhurst Drive. Her frustration had reached a boiling point.
"We've called the city a number of times on the properties, but they don't seem to worry about; care about it and keep telling, they'll get to it when they get to it," said an anonymous resident. "It's depressing, cuz this used to be a highlight in south Jackson."
"Let's clean it up, so, hopefully, we can encourage more people to stay, number one, and to come back into Jackson or be new dwellers in Jackson," added the anonymous resident. "Because I think that's very important to keep the city going."
Apparently, city officials heard her concerns, because the property looks much better now with trimmed grass and cleared brush. Community Improvement officials told me 260 Marla Avenue had been issued a contractor in July, but the property wasn't cleared until September 9th, days after my report aired.
As for 2101 Oakhurst Drive, it may take a little longer. Officer Colendula Green says it is ready to add to the next available bid pack.
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