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Residents in one Quincy neighborhood are fed up rundown houses

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Some Quincy residents are questioning the safety of their neighborhood, but not because of crime, it's the condition of the buildings next to them that has them worried.

Lisa Cummings has lived in her home on 3rd and Chestnut for 4 years and says the house next to hers has always been a safety concern.

"The chimney is eventually going to fall into my house, shingles in my yard," said Cummings. "I'm just scared that my child is going to get hurt."

Cummings says she's tried to contact the landowner who is currently renting out the property but she has yet to see any real change.

"It's like it's not a concern but when one of them kids get killed or hurt, then what are they going to do," said Cummings.

And it's not just the house next to her, Cummings says she's also concerned with the house across the street from her too.

"The whole one side is caving in and when kids coming out they could fall through there and if they do it's either going to hurt or kill them," said Cummings.

So what's being done about it? Michael Seaver is the building inspector for Quincy and says he agrees with Cummings that something needs to be done about the damaged chimney.

"That does need to be addressed because I think there's a potential there that it could fall on the neighboring properties," said Seaver.

Seaver says he's issuing a notice with the property owner for him to get the chimney fixed within the next 2 to 4 weeks.

"We have to give a reasonable amount of time to make the repairs and also give them time to appeal the notice," said Seaver.

And it's not just a problem on the North side of town. Seaver says homeowners not taking care of their property is a problem everywhere.

"It's an old, old community so we have a lot of very old building stock and unfortunately a lot of it is not as well maintained as it should be," said Seaver. "So, yeah, there's an extremely long list and ever growing list of those properties around town."

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