DeKalb plans ‘comprehensive sweep’ of blight on busy road

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DeKalb plans ‘comprehensive sweep’ of blight on busy road

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Blight at Creekside Forest Apartment Homes off Candler Road helped spur efforts to tackle similar issues around the county. Efforts are kicking off on Moreland Avenue. 

DeKalb code enforcement officers are planning a “comprehensive sweep” of the Moreland Avenue area, the county announced Tuesday.

“The sweep will be conducted as part of efforts to clean up DeKalb County and eliminate blight by ensuring property standards are maintained,” officials said in a news release. “Owners of properties that have code violations will receive citations.” 

Common code violations that will be addressed in the Friday morning sweep include vacant unsecured structures; exterior property in need of repairs; high weeds and grass; open storage of furniture, appliances and tires; trash cans without lids; untagged/unlicensed or junk vehicles; and junkyard conditions. 

DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond is set to be on-hand at 10 a.m. to discuss the efforts, along with commissioners Kathie Gannon and Larry Johnson. 

The county didn’t say exactly what areas around the road, which runs through the city of Atlanta and DeKalb, would be targeted. The news conference is near where the road passes I-285 in south DeKalb.

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