County Demands Cleanup of Raleigh Springs Mall

County Demands Cleanup of Raleigh Springs Mall

Months after crews demolished an anchor department store at the Raleigh Springs mall, a pile of rubble remains.
MEMPHIS, TN - Months after crews demolished an anchor department store at the Raleigh Springs mall, a pile of rubble remains. Now, Shelby County Code Enforcement is demanding the owner of the mall to clean it up.

Every month Joseph Underhill delivers magazines to the Raleigh Springs Mall. Every month he anxiously awaits some movement, any movement. Underhill says, "I was surprised they didn't tear the whole thing down... it's not good to leave it like that, leave it open."

Mall patrons describe the demolition area as "a war zone." Shelby County Spokesperson, Steve Shular, says neighbors have been complaining about the property for months. The Mall demolished the former JC Penney store after the county found homeless living inside. However nothing's been done since the original demolition in November. "Anybody can walk up here and right above their head huge pieces of metal that could fall on them," Shular describes."

In addition to the danger, when Shular visited the property last week he found evidence that homeless people were still getting inside. "See there's the hallway going back into the mall there," he describes as he points down the hall, "Somebody could just go right on in."

Even abc24.com photojournalist, Peter Braswell, walked in the building, into the movie theater, with no problems. "Shelby County code enforcement has been out here a couple times since that visit," Shular says, "They've ensured that the building's been cleared out and that's going to be a part of the demolition order, that they take care of the roof and secure any area that could be used for someone to walk in and set up shop."

When asked about cleaning up the property, Mall Management told abc24.com to expect a big announcement by the end of the week.

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