Cleveland town homes cause problems for area residents
By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CLEVELAND, TN. (WRCB) -- Jeanne Goins has lived in her Pryor Rd. home in Cleveland since 1974. A couple years later the Northcrest Town home complex was built directly across the street.
"For the first five, six years they were okay," says Goins.
However, over the last three decades she says the upkeep has gone from bad to worse and her property value has dropped while her taxes have shot up.
"As a former realtor I can tell you if I brought someone over here to show them my house they'd take one look at that and wouldn't even stop here," says Goins.
Graffiti covers the mailboxes and parts of the building. Some of it has been removed. "It wasn't a very nice word that was spray painted on there," explains Goins.
Storm drains dangle off the roof but the upkeep is just part of the problem. Neighbors say the police are called more than a dozen times nearly every month.
"There's been shots fired, beatings," Goins says.
"It's a good neighborhood, as far as people in the neighborhood. That's all we really request of them over there, is to be decent neighbors. Treat the place like you own it," says Brenda Andrada.
Andrada also lives across the street from the complex. She's gone to the city council a number of times with Goins for help.
Councilman Bill Estes says they are working to find a solution. They recently looked up the deeds to the property. Since the complex was built as town homes he says it has different legal restrictions.
Channel 3 tried to contact the property manager and owner. The office was closed when we visited Friday afternoon. Our calls to both of them have not been returned.
"Unless somebody starts changing the laws in the city, to start changing some of this, it's not going to get any better, not here or any other place," Andrada says.
Councilman Estes says they have asked the property owner to attend a meeting a week from Monday. They've also increased police patrol in the area but he says it's going to take a concerted effort from everyone to make the changes the community needs.