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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Debris in Parkway Village

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Children attending Knight Road Elementary in Parkway Village play with heaps of building materials in the distance.

On August 27, 2009, authorities said an arsonist set fire to the vacant Parkway Village Apartments. A 3-alarm fire broke out and left behind large amounts of debris near the school.

Jinks Thomas cuts the grass and serves as a deacon at Oakville Missionary Baptist Church, which also abuts the unsightly remains.

"Quick as they do something and get it squared away, then it would help us and help the community, too," Thomas said. "Then you could really decide what we could do with it."

Thomas said Oakville Baptist would like part of the property to build low income housing for the elderly. Thomas said talks are ongoing with the current owners about dividing up and selling the now unsightly remains.

Retired police captain Roy Morgan said the eyesore does not fit in his friendly neighborhood.

"Most of the folks in this neighborhood have been here for some years," Morgan said. I've been here 14 years. We would kind of like to stay here, and we want the place to look good and be a good place to enjoy your children and enjoy life."

Shelby County's Health, Education and Housing Facilities Board took control of the Parkway Village complex in 2003.

A lawyer for the board said there is a schedule to demolish that apartment complex next month. A community center may be built in its place.

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