Day after iTeam investigation, overgrown property cleared


by WHAS editors

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 24 at 11:09 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Neighbors said an abandoned property on Cypress Street was more than just an eye sore. The tall grass and weeds are said to harbor wildlife and people called it a public safety issue.

When WHAS11's Renee Murphy investigated why the city hadn't cut the grass on the property in the 1300 block on Tuesday, she noted that the weeds were taller than her . . . and she's 5' 8". The ivy and weeds covered the entire front of the vacant home and neighbors said you couldn't even walk on the sidewalk.

Renee went to the Director of Codes and Regulations with the city of Louisville on Tuesday afternoon to ask why the grass hadn't been cut since March. On Wednesday, when she returned, the property was completely different.

In less than 24 hours, the yard was cleared.

After the interview, the Director told a supervisor to focus on areas near schools since classes will be back in session in a few weeks.

"We do have a backlog that we are trying to address and we are trying to take the best we can," Robert Kirchdorfer, the Director of Codes and Regulations said. "You have to remember, these are not city-owned properties. They are privately owned that we are going out and taking care of."

The person who owns the home has 39 citations from city inspectors dating back several years.

He also faces almost $21,000 in fees to the city.

City officials are trying to take the owner to court, but they can't find him.

It is possible the city could foreclose on the home and take it over, but that process takes time and it won't happen overnight.

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