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Lithonia residents fed up with house eyesore

LITHONIA, Ga. – A burned out home has remained an eyesore in a DeKalb County neighborhood despite protests from residents.

The abandoned house burned down on Panola Place in the Panola Downs subdivision several years ago on Thanksgiving morning, residents said.

Since that time, the property has remained abandoned, with grass and weeds overtaking its yard. The property sits on a cul de sac.

"It's an eyesore to the community, and it's just a prime example of nothing getting done by DeKalb County, once again," said Robin Allen.

Neighbors say the house was already vacant before the fire completely destroyed the house, but that was years ago.

Residents tell 11Alive’s Matt Pearl that the property was approved to be demolished in March 2015, and that they were promised a clean-up in January, but it never happened and no explanation was given.

"We are so tired. We have been fighting this for four years," said another frustrated resident. "It is tearing down our property value tremendously, and it doesn't make any sense."

Allen says a county official did call her before the interview with 11Alive in regards to the property, but, during the call, did not provide updates about the situation.

11Alive reached out to officials with DeKalb County and were told by a spokesman that "5531 Panola Place, Lithonia, Georgia 30058 is a demolition project that is underway. It has completed all of the legal and administrative requirements and will be demolished by the County’s Sanitation Department within the next 30-45 days."