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Neighbors concerned about cars filling Columbus yard

Billy Ray Lewis says the cars at his home are just part of his hobby of fixing cars. His neighbors think there is more to it. (WSYX/WTTE)

It's not one, two, three or even four cars that are outside a home on East Livingston Avenue. There are five cars there now and neighbors say there's usually more.

"There was at one point a lot of cars outside. It looked like they were having a car show or something like that outside. And I was like, where are all these cars coming from," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified. "It's become a real nuisance."

Since the beginning of the year the city says it's received at least 10 complaints about the cars. Code enforcement says initially the cars were parked in the yard and that's illegal.

The owner has moved the cars and now they line the street.

"These are all my own projects. Motorcycles, cars, projects. It's like they ain't got no life, they concentrate on me," said Billy Ray Lewis, the man who lives in the home.

Lewis said he's not running a business out of his home. He says working on cars is a hobby and that's what he does.

He says the police and code enforcement have been to his home. He says he's complied with everything he's been asked to do and now feels like he's the victim.

"It's starting to be harassment for real. I own all of these cars, they all run, they move," Lewis said. "I don't understand what the problem is. I'm a mechanic. I work on my own stuff, I'm allowed to do that."

Of course, there's no law that says Lewis can't have a hobby of repairing cars, but how he does it is still under scrutiny.

The home is now under investigation again. City code enforcement and the police plan to visit the home soon.

But one neighbor says the answer to their problem is simple.

"I feel like he should just move the cars."

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