Community Improvement tackles Jackson's nuisance properties - - Jackson, MS

Community Improvement tackles Jackson's nuisance properties

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Eugene Stewart often visits friends on Culbertson Avenue, near the Jackson Police Training Academy. He's tired of looking at all the abandoned houses. We counted at least seven on one street alone.

"There's all these abandoned properties, they need to be torn down, defacing properties," said Stewart. 
Stewart wants the Mayor to do something about it, and his wish might soon come true. This is one of the areas targeted by Community Improvement, which is an arm of the Jackson Police Department. The City is trying to accelerate the process of getting rid of nuisance properties. Police discussed their plans in a Friday morning meeting.

"Working with the Sheriff's Department to get some of their inmate labor to quickly remedy that issue by cleaning those properties with inmate labor," said JPD Deputy Chief Joseph Wade. "With this being a privately owned property, we have to go through a process which is kind of lengthy. But with it being a city or state owned property it's a quick fix." 
Another property on their radar: the old Southwest Hotel on Highway 80. We profiled the place last year. It's owned by The Pearl Street Development Corporation, and our calls to that business went unanswered.

Since it's privately owned, the city's process must include contacting the owner, possibly taking them to environmental court, and tearing the building down at the owner's expense.

But city or state owned properties can be taken care of right away, and residents can report nuisance properties by dialing 311.

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