North Columbus residents celebrate razing of neighborhood eyesore

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Famed author,  Robert Frost wrote, ‘fences make the best neighbors.’

If that’s the case, Becky Shade wishes for a 20-foot wall. The life-long north side Columbus resident has lived next to a neighborhood eyesore for decades.

The house has been vacant and attracted the kind of problems Becky didn’t want, rodents, drug use and other criminal acts.

“I’m at my wit’s end I can’t afford to move, I don’t want to move, but I’m tired of seeing this”, says Shade.

She traveled the usual channels trying to get something done, she even used the former owner. A judge ordered the property cleaned up but it never happened, that’s when Becky decided, she Better Call Jackson.

It took us more than one year to get movement on the property and finally, the structure was taken down.

“There’s no words for it just seeing the truck pull up this morning was just wonderful”, said Shade.

Better Call Jackson worked hard with the city of Columbus Development Department and Office of Code Enforcement.

If you have an issue with an abandoned property, call the city and keep good notes and pack your patience.

It’s not as simple and crew knocking down the house. There is the city Land Bank and a sheriff’s foreclosure sale. The demolition must be approved by the neighborhood area commission and finally, bids must be placed on the work.

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