Inmates clean up blighted property

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"We want who ever owns these properties to be held accountable and not take 7 years to take that action."

After a media report about neighbors complaining their neighborhood had been blighted for more than seven years, officials sent inmates to start the cleanup process.

Employees from Atlanta Public Works, Department of Transportation and non-violent inmates from the Atlanta Jail spent the day cleaning a northwest Atlanta neighborhood, according to Channel 2 Action News. The detainees are part of the inmate work detail program.

On Wednesday, Channel 2 aired grievances from neighbors who said they’d been begging for someone to tend the property on Wadley Street for years.

Less than a week later, officials sent people to remove a mountain of mattresses and other garbage and fix up the publicly-owned building.

The Lankbank Authority, a Fulton County and city of Atlanta agency, owns the boarded up building and officials told Channel 2 someone is supposed to come out every two weeks to clean the grounds.

Neighbor Gregory Parker told Channel 2 he was amazed.

“Finally, we were able to get this entire area cleaned up,” Parker said. “Of course, it doesn’t look perfect, but it’s a start.”