Detroiter: Hole left after home torn down now a 'dumping site' - FOX 35 News Orlando

Detroiter: Hole left after home torn down now a 'dumping site'

Posted: Updated:
Furniture and other junk in a hole next door to Vanessa McLittle's home. Furniture and other junk in a hole next door to Vanessa McLittle's home.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

We first met Vanessa McLittle a couple of years ago when the abandoned home next door to her on Vaughan became a dumping ground.

We saw her again at the end of February. The house had been torn down, but a huge hole was left in its place. In fact, her neighborhood was full of holes where abandoned homes once stood. They had been that way for weeks.

The city promised to have them filled in within a month. That would have been March, but now it is May, and it seems things have come full circle.

"There's somebody's ball down there now," McLittle said. "Some folks have come and just dumped furniture in there. It's a dumping site now."

A contractor did fill in two holes, but the one next to McLittle is just getting worse. Her driveway is starting to give way. People are throwing furniture and other trash in the hole. A basketball is proof that kids have been near there. It is not just unsightly, but dangerous.

"When are you going to clean up your mess? You created it. Now clean it up," McLittle said.

We contacted the city. They told us they are trying to fill the holes in a timely manner. As of last week, a spokesperson for Mayor Bing said 7,075 blighted properties had been torn down since 2010. The goal is a total of 10,000 by the end of this year.

McLittle's goal is more modest. She just wants the hole filled by the time she moves out at the end of the month.

Since we were last in this neighborhood, a family in one of the homes has left, in part, because of the mess next door. It simply wasn't safe for her children.

Fortunately for those that haven't left, this should soon be fixed. The city told us the contractor will be on site on Friday.

  • Amy LangeMore from Amy LangeMore>>

  • Gay teacher says she was fired by Catholic school for being pregnant

    Gay teacher says she was fired by Catholic school for being pregnant

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:02:29 GMT
    Barbara Webb and Kristen Lasecki were married two years ago and are expecting a baby. Webb is now pregnant and she no longer has her teaching job at Bloomfield Hills Marian High School because of it.
    Barbara Webb and Kristen Lasecki were married two years ago and are expecting a baby. Webb is now pregnant and she no longer has her teaching job at Bloomfield Hills Marian High School because of it.
  • Former SMART employee's lawsuit battle drags on after 10 years

    Former SMART employee's lawsuit battle drags on after 10 years

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:49:24 GMT
    The case was originally about workplace discrimination. Now it's dragged on for more than a decade despite the case appearing to be one that the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation can't win.
    The case was originally about workplace discrimination. Now it's dragged on for more than a decade despite the case appearing to be one that the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation can't win.
  • Family's home hit hard by storms for second time

    Family's home hit hard by storms for second time

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:51:07 GMT
    For Ericka Page, first came the flood, then the gas line break and Tuesday, the massive tree limb that broke off with part of it landing on her house.
    For Ericka Page, first came the flood, then the gas line break and Tuesday, the massive tree limb that broke off with part of it landing on her house.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices