NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH)– The house at 11 Homes Street in New London has been abandoned for years.
But more recently someone has cleared away some of the brush and debris from the front and side of the house. The back though is still overgrown and neighbors called News 8 because that is their bigger concern.
Ozzie Speedwell says, “my wife and I sit out front here and just watch the skunks go walking around.”
Speedwell lives across the street from the vacant home owned by Community Resources Commission, Inc. He points out, “the back of it… you go back there and part of the building’s falling down in the back and it’s all dark back there and stuff and I wouldn’t go back there.” We ask, “Why not?” He answers, “Like I said you can’t see back there’s a lot of animals and especially raccoons I don’t trust them.”
Neither do his neighbors. Speedwell says, “I know raccoons have a habit of rabies and that’s what people around here are scared of because of dogs and stuff.”
News 8 brought those concerns to the city’s building department and we were told a city inspector is working with the attorney for the property owner to try to get it cleaned up. When News 8 contacted that attorney’s office we were told the city now owns the property.
“I wish they’d do something. Like I said we pay enough taxes around here,” says Speedwell.
News 8 decided to dig deeper and found out the city did try to sell the home in a tax sale but no one bought it. The city won’t officially own the home until December 19th. So we called the owner’s attorney again and the paralegal who had talked to us before told us to call back. She was with a client.
As we were telling her, “the city doesn’t own it until December 19th,” the phone disconnected.
The city tells us once it takes over in December it will be responsible for the clean up. Until then though it is the responsibility of Community Resources Commission, Inc.