Abandoned Home Is Falling Off Its Foundation & Possibly Headed For Busy Road

It's headed right for a major roadway and soon a house falling off it's foundation could become a major problem for everyone.

The Jenkins Mayor says, at this time, all they can do is wait for the house to fall.

Tina Wright has lived on Kentucky 805 in Jenkins for 7 years, but she says in the last couple of years the view from her doorstep is nothing but an eye-sore.

“I just wish they would come and clean it up now before it does hurt somebody,” Tina Wright said.

Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon says its not that easy.

He says legally the city does not have the zoning authority to tear down anything on private property, even if it is abandoned.

“If it comes off in the road the state highway department, since it’s on their property, will clean it up and haul it off,” Mayor Charles Dixon said.

Dixon says 805 is the main road into downtown so it is heavily traveled.

“Another problem is it’s in a curve as you're going up the road so that's scary,” Mayor Dixon said.

Dixon says they have not been able to track down the owner of the home to get permission to tear it down before it falls.

Wright says at the speed drivers travel down the roadway, it will be a dangerous situation when the house finally comes down.

“If it falls out in the road and somebody's coming by, it could fall on their vehicle, they could get hurt or it could actually kill somebody,” Wright said.

Dixon says he asked highway officials for signs to warn drivers of a potential house in the road.

Jenkins Mayor Charles Dixon says they will continue to work on zoning so they can hopefully tear down the home on 805 before it falls.


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  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 8, 2008 at 01:24 PM
    @ ? Location: Ky 1st its not in city limits did we not read the same article? 2nd private property still means some thing in this state. Citys that condemn propertys that are merley eye sores and not dangerous unlike this one only do so to further their own pocket books. Condemn a property sell it to themselves for $1 and install a new boat ramp or parking lot and lease it back to the city for $200,000 a year for 50years.
  • by ? Location: Ky on Feb 8, 2008 at 05:52 AM
    Why don't someone light a match to it? That would solve the problem. Homeowners that have eyesores and dangerous places like this should be fined every day until it is fixed or torn down. People are babied to much by the system. The town I live in passed an ordinance that gives the owners so long to take care of the matter or they will. Why can't this one do that? Or is this out of the city?From the looks of the old house, a child or motorist could be hurt or killed. I wonder how the owner would feel if that happened?
  • by Bill on Feb 8, 2008 at 03:27 AM
    Well this will shut down that end of the state for awhile.It will take one man to tare down the house, and 100 democrats to watch and hold meetings.All paid by tax payers.WOW Oh What to do..

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