Vacant homes causing issues for the city of Brazil

Several abandoned properties will be torn down throughout Brazil, Indiana. The mayor says this is all part of the city's spring cleanup. Too many homes are being left unkempt and it's leaving officials to take matters into their own hands.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 7:45 PM

BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI)- Several abandoned properties will be torn down throughout Brazil, Indiana. The mayor says this is all part of the city's spring cleanup. Too many homes are being left unkempt and it's leaving officials to take matters into their own hands.

A neighborhood on Depot Street in Brazil is a spar-sly populated neighborhood. The streets are lined with well-kept homes, making the house on the corner stand out. 

The vacant property's siding is falling apart, the roof is caving in, and trash is piling up. 

Brian Wyndham says abandoned homes are problematic to the city. 

"They affect the whole value of the whole neighborhood," Wyndham said.

And the issue is a concern for neighbors. Shelia Black has lived on Charles B Hall street in Brazil all of her life. Just a few steps down the the street is a vacant home.

"It's terrible," Black said. "It makes the neighborhood look bad."

There is busted out windows and trash covers the front yard.

"It's just sad it would get to that," Black said. "Brazil used to be a really nice town and now there is more and more abandoned houses."

Wyndham says they are currently in the process of tearing down six vacant homes. Homes, like the one Black lives next to, has been marked an unsafe building. This gives city officials to take action.

"We don't want our gateway to be a couple of mattresses and a couch sitting out in the front yard," Wyndham said. 

Wyndham says he is trying to educate people to file a report so the city can take care of it. This includes working with the planning and development commission and attempting to find the property owners. 

"We got to keep working at it," he said. "It's just not something that is going to take care of itself."

Wyndham says the city will have a spring cleanup day soon. This will be an opportunity for people to get rid of items they don't want anymore. 

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