DeKalb County

DeKalb property covered in trash cleaned up after years of neglect

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — There are new developments in the case of a blighted property Channel 2 Action News first told you about in October.

DeKalb County Code Compliance finally got a court order to clean it up themselves.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes was at the property on Old Wesley Chapel Road and our cameras were rolling as crews started cleaning up huge piles of trash that have been collecting for years.

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Business owners in the area never thought this day would come.

“I reached out to sanitation I would say over eight months ago,” Nicole Horton, owner of Randolph’s Child Care Center, said.

She said her business would be doing better if it wasn’t next door to the property.

“It has deterred some of my parents - potential parents, from registering,” Horton said.


Fernandes found out about the property back in October and did a story.

Trash covered the entire property back then.

“We started the enforcement efforts back in September 2019. That’s how long we’ve been trying to get this property in compliance,” Timothy Hardy, spokesperson for DeKalb County said. “We were finally able to get a court order to do just that and today is the start of that cleanup.”

“Listen this is music to my ears - ya know we here in the community, we been advocating for this for quite a long time. It has affected our businesses,” business owner Terri Drummer said.

Drummer said she feels bad for the woman who was squatting in the home but believes this cleanup will help her too.

“I’m so grateful for this. I think this will help her get to the next level of what she needs to do. I think this was really holding her back,” Drummer said.

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