COLUMBUS, Ga (WTVM) - A North Columbus neighborhood can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Columbus City Council members said the homeowner has finally contracted a demolition company to tear down the property destroyed by a fire more than four months ago.
“The situation we’re dealing with has been an ongoing nightmare for the residents out there at Spring Lake,” said Councilor Glenn Davis.
174 residents live in the Spring Lake Subdivision in North Columbus. In January, one homeowner lost his property to a house fire. Neighbors said the home has always been an eyesore.
“It’s been bad,” Glenn Davis said. "It’s been a bad situation. Unfortunately, the house burned to the ground and now it’s in a situation where it can be cleaned up or it has to be cleaned up.”
Betty Jo Casey came before the council numerous times asking for help. She said she is relieved to see progress.
“Council said the individual did show and he did pull a permit for demolition and he did pay,” Casey said. “He showed them where he paid the demolition company to have the house demolished.”
If the homeowner does not go through with the demolition, the city will proceed with another course of action.
“Each citizen of Muscogee County always has the right to have two options,” Davis said. “They can demolish their home themselves. They can pay for it and it can be done, or the city will come in and demolish it and then put a lean on the property.”
Neighbors are excited to see the demo begin.
“This has been going on for such a long time," Davis said. "I’m glad to see there’s some movement happening in the right direction.”
“It’s great to have some closure,” Casey said. “And of course, the final closure will be when the home is demolished."
Casey said she can’t wait to see the demolition process begin after four months of looking at the burned out shell of this home. When News Leader 9 reached out to the homeowner, he said he had no interest in going on camera.