Tipline: Wick Street Residents Want Property Demolished | News
BUFFALO, N.Y.- Leo Miller says the eyesore at 40 Wick Street is nothing new, but nonetheless, looking at it is getting old.
"It's been here ever since I've been living out here and it keeps getting worse and worse and worse," said Miller.
In addition to a boarded-up vacant home, like many others on the East side of Buffalo, the Wick Street property is also home to trash, high weeds, and a tree that Miller is afraid will blow over in high winds.
But he said the real tipping point came a few weeks ago.
"I came out here Friday morning and I found three couches laying on the front lawn over here again," said Miller. " If people have stuff to get rid of, and it's not garbage day, this is where it ends up."
He and several other neighbors say they've tried calling the city's 311 line for help.
At one point, city officials gave them the name of the person who still owns the property and told them to try contacting him-- but he said his number was unlisted.
Tuesday afternoon, city spokesman Mike DeGeorge city inspectors are planning to evaluate the property at 40 Wick Street for demolition. He said 43,000 vacant homes have been demolished since Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown took office, but the projects depend on funding.
The city does have a special program to help clean up blight, and DeGeorge said said officials are about halfway through the 23 "Clean Sweep" events planned for 2011.
Miller said the property at 40 Wick Street was targeted as part of that program about two years ago.