Demolition crew takes out blighted Detroit home, leaves growing pile of debris

Tires, concrete, scrap wood, and more junk are all piling up in a Detroit neighborhood. Now neighbors are furious and want to know two things: who's doing it and who's going to clean it up?

Katina Kallis says she's upset over the pile of debris she calls an eyesore. She has to see every time she opens her front door and says people are treating it like a dump.

"I don't even come outside the house because it's so disgusting to look at. They tore down the houses and just left it there and now people drop by and drop their garbage off." Kallis said.

The pile of debris in the 19000 block of Annott was left there after a demolition of a blighted home six months ago. It was never picked up and it's been growing ever since. Now, the eyesore has become unsafe. Lamar Williams is part of Citizens Creating Cleaner, Safer Communities and lives nearby. He said they had to rescue a child out of the basement after the demolition.

"I was just informed by one of my neighbors that a child fell into basement that's still left open and they had to rescue child," Williams said.

Fox 2 Problem Solver Ingrid Kelley contacted the City of Detroit about this debris. They said it was "unacceptable" and the has "strict rules" for contractors.

"This should have been cleaned months ago," Craig Fahle with Detroit Landbank Authority said.

The city says the contractor responsible for this demolition and its cleanup is Jenkins Construction and they are working with the company to have them complete the work.

FOX 2 reached out to the company and they say some things they could not address right away at this site due to weather and environmental cleanup process. They also say a lot of this debris showed up from outside however, they are going to be a good citizen and clean it all up

Officials want residents who have concerns about demolition projects in their communities to contact the city immediately. If you see a pile of demolition left behind, just call the Detroit Landbank Authority: 1-844-BUY-DLBA. You can also download the Improve Detroit app in iTunes or Google Play.

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