In Your Corner: McElwain Elementary School property

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — An old neighborhood school has some neighbors complaining. “I like people to have pride in Birmingham. When Birmingham takes care of property like this it’s hard to have pride,” says Josh Taylor. He’s talking about the now closed McElwain Elementary School.

“There’s trash on the street, tree limbs falling. If this was somebody’s home, the city would not put up with this.”  Taylor calls the property an eyesore and an embarrassment. After hitting dead ends in trying to get the property cleaned up, Taylor contacted CBS42′s In Your Corner for help.

Birmingham school administrators told us the property was sold. We did some digging in county records and found Michael Mouron of Capstone Real Estate Investments was the new owner.

In an email to CBS42, Mouron said the grass was “badly overgrown” when he closed on the property in early September. With heavy equipment coming in to demolish the building, he saw little reason to cut the grass.

But after hearing the complaints, he said  “I have contracted to have the grass visible from Montevallo and Gladstone to be cut this week, as our intent is to be good neighbors.”

As for the future of this site, Mouron says he hopes to have an announcement soon.

If you need help getting an issue resolved in your neighborhood send us an email: inyourcorner@cbs42.com

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