Neighbor Blames City for Missing Chance to Demo Blighted Property

Neighbor Blames City for Missing Chance to Demo Blighted Property

A Frayser woman is fed up with the City of Memphis and the owner of the blighted property next door. The home has been condemned not once, not twice, but three times in the last five years, and it's still standing.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Frayser woman is fed up with the City of Memphis and the owner of the blighted property next door. The home has been condemned not once, not twice, but three times in the last five years, and it's still standing.

Holly Krodle says she's waited five years for the house to be torn down and she's still waiting. She says while the house next door looks bad on the outside, it's worse on the inside.

Although the house was condemned once in 2007 and again in 2009, the demolition never happened.

Deputy Director of Community Enhancement, Onzie Horne, says truth is inspectors should have been more aggressive and the city missed opportunities to demolish the building.

"In my view it's totally unacceptable," Horne said.

This year it was condemned again.

Krondle says it should have been in environmental court years ago, and the only reason it is now is because she's been vigilant about staying on top of city administrators.

But now there is a new problem.

The owner stated in court she declared bankruptcy, which means the house can't be torn down.

Krodle says truth is if the city had done what they said they would do five years ago, it still wouldn't be there.

Even Horne admits the city should have followed through.

Truth is it's nice that Memphis leaders admit they should have been more aggressive in this case, but that doesn't make it easier for Krodle to live next door to the blighted property.

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