St. Louis City residents concerned about dangerous, vacant properties


by Sharon Reed/

Posted on September 27, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 27 at 5:20 PM

( -- A looming danger in north St. Louis has a female resident asking lawmakers to fix the problem.

Viola Richardson said a vacant building that sits close to her home is posing a serious threat to her safety.

Richardson has lived in the 4100 block of Glasgow for 45 years and the house across the street has been vacant for 20 years. She said no one wants to buy the vacant house especially because fixing the house would cost too much.

About six months ago, Richardson said the back wall of the vacant house started to lean out toward the street.

“I’m just afraid it’s gonna slide off and hit my car or something,” Richardson said, “That’s what I’m afraid of because it’s coming apart.”

Richardson called St. Louis City Hall, the Citizens Service Bureau and her alderman Freeman Bosley Senior.

“Bosley, what he told me…was to get to together and fix the house,” said Richardson, “I told him I don’t have that kind of money because I have to fix up my own house.”

Anthony Bell is the committeeman for the 3rd Ward in St. Louis. He said people need to know who to call to get action done.

Bell checked out the vacant house in question and said he could get something done.

“What we are going to do is, on the vacant property owned…is to get the city to come out and take off the back of the house,” Bell said, “The hazardous part to anyone coming down the street.”

Bell said if a St. Louis resident has a problem with a vacant property, they should first call the Citizens Service Bureau at 314-622-4580, that’s the St. Louis Complaint Line.