MINT HILL, N.C. – How would you like to live next to a house that burned two years, six months and eleven days ago?
Pat Heffernan lives next to one in Mint Hill and is frustrated that neither the town nor the county can seem to get it repaired and cleaned up.
“This has been a total frustration and is bringing down Farmwood as a whole,” Heffernan said.
Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement told NewsChannel 36 that based on the first and only inspection in two-and-a-half years, the house doesn't yet qualify for demolition.
Instead, it still falls into the "needs repair" category. On Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Mint Hill Town Hall, the Board of Commissioners will likely vote to revise their “property maintenance” ordinance.
If the ordinance passes this week, the burned out house at 7200 Pine Lake Lane will get re-inspected and reclassified. If it meets the criteria for demolition, then the town and the county will put the owner on notice and demand action.
That sounds good, but the reality is that it could be another year of red tape for the blue tattered tarp and for the neighbors who want to see it go away.
The news is not well received for Pat Heffernan.
“It's just not right, we need some action," Heffernan added.
One neighbor raised an interesting point saying, “Imagine if the Mayor of Mint Hill or a Code Enforcement official from the town lived next door to this. Do you think it would really drag on for years?”