TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – On the corner of Chestnut and Noble are two homes that have been empty for years.
Joanna Quinn, who lives next door, has been pushing for years to have them demolished.
“They’ve been like this for years. I constantly called the city about it, trying to get them torn down. Cats, animals, people, whatever trash in there,” Quinn said. “They keep saying, well it’s in court, they pay their taxes. Then they say it’s for demolition, but they don’t know when. It’s so close to me that I I’m afraid it will catch fire again, and next time I might not be so lucky.
According to Quinn, the grass is dangerously tall and it’s a constant battle for city teams to try to maintain.
“They barely cut it the other day. I mean, you can’t even walk on the sidewalk or anything, with all that grass and weeds…I have to walk down the street to get by myself. You can’t see the driving around the corner because the leaves are so high,” Quinn said.
The City of Toledo said inspectors have visited both properties over the past month, noting tall grass and debris in the yard. A city official said they told the owners to clean it up, but nothing was done. Both properties are on the city’s target demo list, but demolitions have slowed as the city waits for state funding.
” Do not abandon. We arrive. It’s going to come down eventually, it’s a long and arduous process to get them all out all over the city, and we had a lot when we started this,” said Stephanie Beebe, demolitions manager at the city of Toledo. .
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