City cleans up neighborhood eyesore, prepares to sell property

This Kenmore Park neighborhood home has gone from blighted to ready to go on the market after city rehabilitation. (WSYX/WTTE)

A blighted property and Kenmore Park neighborhood eyesore is getting some much needed attention from the City of Columbus, with a plan to clean it up and soon sell the home that has sat vacant since 2012.

ABC 6 On Your Side was called by neighbors who were upset with the deteriorating house, rising grass, brush and pests next door.

Despite repeat calls and complaints to the city, no action was taken until the city obtained ownership several weeks ago. City officials say it was unable to fully address the problem while it sat in legal limbo for years.

“It’s an improvement,” neighbor Evan Deehan said. “I wouldn’t want to walk up in this yard, who knows what you might have found.”

Deehan and his wife were tired of looking at the eyesore from their back deck and called ABC 6 On Your Side. Shortly after an initial report aired, the city started work on cleaning up the brush, which officials said they planned to do upon obtaining ownership.

“The next day after the story aired, they were out here cutting the grass,” Deehan said. “At least something’s being done finally and that’s nice.”

Crews spent days cleaning up the property from the inside, out.

“They had the doors opened up, all the windows open, clearing the place out,” Deehan said. “They were working on getting the overgrown bushes out of here, cutting the grass and cleaning up all the other debris.”

While the home remains boarded up, the city said it’s preparing to sell the property with hopes of improving the neighborhood.

This home was just one of the estimated 5,300 homes sitting vacant or abandoned in the City of Columbus.

The city gets 20,000 complaints about neighborhood blight every year. To report a problem property in your neighborhood, click here to visit the city's website.

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