Sunken house in the trees on Stickney Ave in Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – On Stickney Avenue is a house that cannot be seen from the street.

The property is engulfed by trees and neighbors are uncomfortable with the landscape imposing on the visibility of the house.

“When I sit on my terrace, I see animals on the roof where there is a hole. And these are different rodents that run around the garden and even in my garden before hanging out in this empty house, where is forested and there are a lot of trees in a lot of uncut bushes there,” said a neighbor who chose to remain anonymous.

The woman said she often sees squatters rummaging through the vacant house.

“It worries me because I’ve been in my house with my windows open, and I can hear them there. I called the police and got a number, a commentary ID number for the city. I’ve been calling about the same house for years. And it’s tagged for demolition,” she said. The neighbor further added that she was told the house would be demolished by March 2022, but it is still standing.

The city’s demolition department said it was still waiting for state funds to finish the long list of protests in Toledo.

Urban Beautification Director Dennis Kennedy said that due to the 2008 financial crisis, the city became the guardian of hundreds of abandoned properties.

“We have grown exponentially over the past year. We’ve gone from 40,000,000 square feet to 63,000,000 square feet of grass than Weibo, and if we were to qualify every blade of grass in the city of Toledo, we maintain about 58% of that. So over half of the grass in the whole city, the city mows and somehow maintains it. There will always be property that slips through the cracks,” Kennedy said.

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