Cleanup of an eyesore at the corner of Young and Cox is moving closer to completion after state environmental authorities notified the city that they’re closing the case.
Crews on June 6th filled in a muddy pit at 2219 Young that was filling with rainwater, causing neighbors to worry about mosquito infestation. The site had been left empty and overgrown for nearly a year since the city demolished a two-story building on the site to test for possible contamination left over from underground fuel tanks.
“Once we have leveled and backfilled this lot the condemnation office will have satisfied the court order and the property will be in compliance with the housing code,” City Code Enforcement Manager Gregory Love wrote in an email to city officials.
Neighbors, with assistance from the Cooper-Young Community Association, pressured the city for years to take action on the property. A business that once operated there installed the fuel tanks in the late 1970s and contamination monitoring began as early as the 1980s but no action was taken until Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter ordered the property put into receivership so remediation work could begin.
Neighbors said the dilapidated building had been vacant for at least a decade when it was demolished. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said in a May 20 email that the property “will require no further corrective action at this time.” — Liz Royer, Blight & Code Awareness Chair.