Residents fed up with mess left behind after building torn down - WNEM TV 5

Residents fed up with mess left behind after building torn down

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Piles of wood, trash and other unsightly debris are a concern for residents who are fed up with having to stare at such an eyesore.

Bay City residents are anxious to see the mess finally get taken away.

“There’s piles of wood hanging out there. If we left all that trash in our yard, the city would get pissed at us,” said Henry Jones Jr., neighbor.

Jones is sick and tired of seeing the pile of junk.

He looks out his window and gazes upon the piles of wood and concrete.

It used to be a blighted building owned by the Fletcher Land Company.

“It was falling apart on the corner here. Everything was falling off of it,” Jones said.

It was torn down last year, but the remnants were left behind.

“I think it’s about time somebody cleaned it up over there,” Jones said.

The owner of the property, Bill Fletcher, agrees it is an eyesore. He wants it gone too.

“I’m doing the best we can to get it cleaned up. I hate driving by it and looking at it too,” Fletcher said.

He said a lot of the stuff in the piles is still usable. He didn’t want it going to waste.

The company that tore the building down reclaimed what wood it could over the summer.

Fletcher said he has been left with the rest. He said winter delayed the process.

“Winter time you don’t want to haul away all that snow and everything. And then the frost laws, you basically can’t haul heavy loads on non-class A roads,” Fletcher said.

He said he has some guys checking it out this weekend and most of the mess will be gone within 60 days.

“At least the wood will be gone and a good share of the concrete,” Fletcher said.

He said he has spent thousands of dollars trying to get the stuff out of the way. He said the other buildings in the complex are still being used for storage.

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