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“It does nothing but makes the whole neighborhood look bad,” Residents concerned about building under construction

OKLAHOMA CITY - Residents in southeast Oklahoma City are concerned about a nearby building that is under construction.

"You can see the holes going through there. It's not a concrete mold, it's just siding," said Fred, a nearby resident.

Fred and several other neighbors say a home on S.E. 19th St. and High has been under construction for almost two years. Now, they want to see it finally finished.

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"And as you can see, two by fours are holding it up," he said.

Fred's main issue with the incomplete residential property is safety.

"When I was a kid, I wanted to explore and these children are no different," he said.

He says the park behind the home brings a lot of children to the neighborhood.

“I want to see at least the building closed up, where they can't get in, that's at least. I would like to see the whole structure gone because it does nothing but makes the whole neighborhood look bad,” Fred said.

The property owner, Chris Curtis, tells NewsChannel 4 that there have been issues that brought construction to a halt.

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"Approximately two months ago, we had to tear the project down and start all over because the company we purchased the materials from quit making the products,” Chris Curtis said.

Curtis says they have found new material to finish what will become a three-story concrete home that is being built by his company Concrete Plus, Inc.

He says he also couldn't get ahold of his engineer.

"We got them solved and resolved and we're back on track," he said.

Curtis says he has done more than other construction sites to keep people out.

"We do put up an orange safety fence around the project. We will do whatever to make it safe. However, it is up to the parent to make sure the children do not trespass and climb over the orange fence," Curtis said.

Now, both sides are hoping this will be a non-issue very soon.

Curtis said he expects to be finished in four to six months.

The City of Oklahoma City released the following statement: "The property owner has requested a six-month extension on his building permit. He can request additional extensions as long as he continues to make progress on the property. An inspector visited the property today and is requiring the property owner to make improvements to his perimeter fencing."