Neighbors use the law to fight blight in their community - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Neighbors use the law to fight blight in their community

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Members of the Highland Heights community are tired of an eyesore in their neighborhood.

The Atlantic Oaks apartment complex is a boarded up and rundown property. It includes 42 duplexes, one single-family home, and plenty of trash and unwanted visitors.

"We're not sure what they're doing," Melissa Miller-Monie said. "Drug activity, could be prostitution, it could be a number of things."

Monie is part of the neighborhood group SOLIDS, and they're helping neighbors use legal means to turn ownership of the blighted property to a new owner.

"It's neighbors trying to bring their awareness to the courts to let them know that they're concerned about who the owners are."

The Highland Heights community set a court date with the current owner to transfer the property.  Neighbor Albert Harwell thinks this change could transform the neighborhood.

"It would increase my property if they would fix them up because people have got to live somewhere," Harwell said.

The neighborhood's ultimate goal is to fight blight and take back the community, one property at a time.

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