Neighbors call Scottdale abandoned house a menace

6:53 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- An email from a viewer has the 11Alive Help Desk investigating an abandoned house in the historic DeKalb neighborhood of Scottdale that many neighbors call a serious health hazard. 

The neighbors want it torn down. The house is underneath a wall of debris and undergrowth. It's an eyesore and has the Scottdale community up in arms. 

Sherman Dudley's grandfather lived in the house for 70 years.  After he died the family sold it and says for more than 16 years it's been in disrepair. 

But Dudley finally saw a way to get it torn down. He got a letter from the office of DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon that he thought had the solution. 

"It appears as if DeKalb County acquired this property in a tax sale," the letter said. "That was February 22, 2012 and since then nothing has happened, not a thing," Dudley said. 

"I threw up my hands until I emailed you all on Monday and I got a response today from you all and I am just happy that you came out at least to see what I am going through," Dudley added. 

What we saw was more than any reasonable homeowner could tolerate.  "It has to come down immediately," we told County officials in a call from outside the abandoned house. "It's an eyesore to the community, worse than that it's probably infested with every animal you can think of and the people in this neighborhood are up in arms about it," we added. 

"People pass this house day after day and have to look at this and I don't think one DeKalb County Commissioner would have this house sitting in their neighborhood. Not a one," Dudley said. 

The county looked into it and said Commissioner Gannon was incorrect. The house was owned privately. 

Clearly recognizing the need to get the house demolished quickly, DeKalb County is going to court to get what it takes to get the house torn down as soon as possible. 

We will be there to make sure.    

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