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Homeowner at odds with city over neighboring, abandoned house

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After six years, a neglected and abandoned home is the center of controversy. (Credit: KMOV) After six years, a neglected and abandoned home is the center of controversy. (Credit: KMOV)
Bricks are spilling over into the neighbor's yard from this abandoned home. (Credit: KMOV) Bricks are spilling over into the neighbor's yard from this abandoned home. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

After six years, a neglected and abandoned home is the center of controversy.

A south St. Louis homeowner says the city won't budge on the home that he claims is now dangerous.

"The wall is crumbling on to my property," Brad Besse says, referring to part of a collapsed brick wall on the house on Michigan Avenue that dates back to 1898.

Records shows the St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency ruled against demolishing the house because if it's historical Flounder House design and it's "excellent potential" for being fixed up.

It appears that the years have taken a toll on the house which now has broken windows, unhinged basement doors and according to Besse, is now home to animals.

Alderwoman Sarah Martin says she is making progress in talking with the city's preservation officials.

"I think they do understand this is a problem," Martin says.

For now, Martin says the city will try to find a buyer for the home willing to make repairs, but she says there is a limit to how long they will wait.

     

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