Neighbors pleading with city to tear down abandoned home

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s a crumbling eyesore in a metro neighborhood, and residents want something done.

On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Council took action on a property that’s long been a nuisance for people in Glen Briar Estates, a neighborhood near Council and N.W. 14th.

The weeds are growing tall, trash is everywhere, a backyard deck is falling apart and you can literally walk right into the house.

Apparently, that’s been happening a lot, because evidence of squatters is everywhere inside the home.

“We’ve called police a few times, all the neighbors have, I think, as well. They’ve been trying to take stuff out and come catch them or see them, and we call police,” said Alan Joy.

It’s a nuisance all too familiar to neighbors in Glen Briar Estates, a wooded, secluded neighborhood with large houses and mostly well-kept lawns.

After going into foreclosure, the 4,500-square-foot home has been neglected and fallen into disrepair.

“It’s just such an eyesore for the neighborhood and has been for years,” said Jennifer Vaught. “It’s been sold a couple times at auction, and we think it’s going to get rehabbed, and it never does, so it might be better to just get rid of it.”

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, 1501 N. McMillan Ave. went on the unsecured and abandoned lists.

The city will now most likely have to take care of it.

“We put a lien on the property, the city does it, which means we hire a contractor.  He’ll go out and secure the property, board over any openings, secure openings,” said Charles Locke, Code Enforcement Superintendent for Oklahoma City.

The New York bank that currently owns the property will get billed every time police or fire have to go to the house.

“We’ll send them a bill every quarter on whatever charges that are incurred,” Locke said.

Nearby residents said it’s becoming  more dangerous and, if no one’s going to step up and restore the home to its former glory, they want it torn down.

But, city officials said that could take awhile.

If the bank doesn’t sell the property to someone who will fix it up, it could be on the abandoned list for 18  months before going on the dilapidated list, which makes it eligible to be torn down.

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