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DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis visits blighted properties

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A CBS46 investigation into rundown properties in DeKalb County now has the attention of some top elected officials.

We found that there are multiple owners responsible for the numerous code violations at the Walden Pond Apartments in Decatur. The county has cited the complex more than 300 times during the past seven years.

“It’s unsanitary, it’s unsafe and the homeowners need to take care of their properties. They really do, that’s the bottom line,” Walden Pond Apartment Owner Victoria Matthews said.

It’s one of many blighted properties in the county needing immediate attention. Others include, Brannon Hill and Creekside Forest Apartments.   

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is responding to the concerns. He met with Commissioner Nancy Jester at the abandoned presidential tower hotel off Interstate 85 at Spaghetti Junction and pledged to make the clean-up of these properties a top priority during his transition to a new administration in January.

It certainly gives hope to Walden Pond residents like Howanda Calloway.

“I asked my daughter to take my grandchildren out of here because it has affected my health. I’ve had an infection in my lungs and around my heart and it caused my body to shut down and have a stroke on my left side,” Calloway said.

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