Tree on abandoned Whitehaven house causes concern

Tree on abandoned Whitehaven house causes concern
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Some people who live on Sullivan Drive in Whitehaven say a large tree limb covering the roof of a vacant house is becoming an eyesore in their neighborhood.

The house is in the 400 block of Sullivan Drive, which is in the Lacey Mosby's Whitehaven Park Subdivision.

Fred Cotton says his neighborhood has been overlooked. He lives next door to the "eyesore" and he says he is sick of it.

"I'd like for them to tear the house down," he said.

Neighbors say the tree limb fell during a storm several months ago. Cotton says he has gone as far to cut the grass in the front yard himself.

"Yeah, it bothers me because it brings the property value down," he added.

"I'd like to see somebody come and do something about it instead of letting the tree just lay on top of the house," agreed neighbor Kenny Porterfield.

One street over on Alice Drive, there are two more abandoned homes.

WMC Action News 5 uncovered that City of Memphis has a record of 906 dilapidated homes (693 were demolished) in 2014 and 292 homes were boarded up.

Whitehaven residents say that these houses are only a few examples of a larger blight problem in the city.

"We have a strategic plan all across the city to tackle this, not only house by house, but community by community with community input," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

Wharton says the city became aware of the problem at the home on Sullivan Drive on Jan. 21.

Code enforcement officials say they are still working to track down the property owner after giving the owner a 2-week notice to fix the problem.

County property records say Yariela Conrado owns the home, but she wasn't at her listed address when Askin stopped by Tuesday.

"The process is underway. We will be going into court, getting the judge to issue an order, If the owner does not do that, they can be held in contempt," Wharton said.

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