JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mary Veasey lives in the Argyle area and describes the foreclosures in her neighborhood as a problem that is more than just overgrown grass and tall weeds.
"Look how it is going into my dining room," said Veasey.
The problem is too close to her townhome.
"It has been like this three years," said Veasey,"and right now it is getting worse."
Her townhome is connected to two other townhomes that are in foreclosure. The problem is a common wall that is badly damaged and now infested with carpenter ants.
"They're inside my house, into my son's bedroom." said Veasey. "Yesterday two were in my bedroom and I couldn't sleep.
Three years ago it became vacant property after the owner died, but because of the common walls today it is a property nuisance.
"I am extremely stressed," said Veasey," this is all I see from my dinning room, my bedroom."
She said it has kept her from using her deck, a place she used to be able to sit and enjoy.
According to signs on the building, the property is being preserved by Five Brothers, a Michigan contractor. The townhome is owned by U.S. Bank.
"I guess they don't care," she said," the inside is in terrible shape."
Adding to her frustration, Veasey said she has made attempts to get someone to fix the rotten siding before its current state.
"I just want that wall replaced," she said, " it is getting worse."
First Coast News contacted Five Brothers by phone and sent them an email, so far the only response is 'they will check to see if they are still managing this property.'
The City of Jacksonville Code Enforcement cited the property in January.
On March 19, a special magistrate issued a 30-day order to U.S. Bank to fix the rotten siding.
If the bank fails to meet the 30 day deadline, the city will begin enforcement and impose fines of up to $250 daily.
First Coast News