Region 8 Eyesore Demolished

March 1, 2006 – Posted at 4:21 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- K8 News has been hunting Region 8 eyesores with the Jonesboro City Code Enforcement Officers since November of last year.

The first time K8 news visited 520 West Huntington , the place was a wreck. Today, it's nothing more than a pile of rubble.

Neighbor Notra Sumner said, "We'd see people going in and out there all the time. I'm just glad it's gone."

The house was demolished earlier this week and while the city has been working for a while to get this property cleaned up. Carrie Chumbley thinks it's more of a 'good neighbor' effort.

"My husband was home and he drives a truck and he said, 'honey look out the door, look what they're doing,'" said Chumbley, "And I didn't know what to say, so I went to the door and said, 'alright, KAIT did it!'"

Code Enforcement Officer Floyd Walker says it's just a start for the city.

"There are several in town that need some attention, and we're going to do our best to get it done," said Walker.

Often, it's a long process, but neighbors believe it's a step in the right direction.

"On the condemnation, it has to go before the city council," said Walker, "Then they've got a certain time to either get their building permits to do their construction work or tear them down or whatever."

"It's been a lot quieter around here. Usually on Saturday nights you could hear screaming and just ugly stuff and it's not been that way," said Chumbley as she stood outside her home on Huntington, "So I'm hoping that this is going to fix this street."

"I'm sure looking forward to tearing some of these old houses down and getting the city to looking better," laughed Walker.

705 W. Huntington is scheduled to be demolished later this month and code enforcement also has several more houses that will be brought before city council for condemnation.