|Vacant lot at 4627 N. Beacon|
"The empty lots on 4600 block of N. Malden as well as the former Queen Anne’s lot on the 4600 N. Beacon are causing issues in Sheridan Park again. I’m sure you know that all of those lots are under the same ownership which has been battling with the Alderman’s office for quite some time due to the ownership’s poor maintenance of the properties, including uncut grass, garbage, and holes in the fencing.
About three weeks ago, a unique group of individuals (who look like they could be kissing cousins to the Ernest T. Bass character from the Andy Griffith Show) spent a good portion of a day on the Malden and Beacon lots doing something. At one point, one of them was sitting in the trunk of a car as he was being driven around, he was depositing something onto what was then a very lush field of grasses and weeds.
Today, those lots look like Kansas during the Dust Bowl. While all of the surrounding properties are lush with green grass and plants, the Malden and Beacon lots are nearly completely dead. It looks worse now than it ever did when it was overgrown, yet green, and filled with garbage. I’ve attached some images. There are two theories as to what happened. The first is that the ownership didn’t want to spend the summer “landscaping,” so the vegetation was intentionally killed to avoid the added expense.
|The property line in the parkway of the 4600 block of Malden|
It probably doesn’t matter. It looks terrible and the community and the Alderman’s office need to pressure the ownership to till the properties, level the fields and plant new grass seed until development plans are approved. It’s not fair to any of us in the neighborhood that we have our own patch of “Detroit” in the neighborhood due to incompetent property management, and it needs to be addressed immediately."