Tenants are evicted from a “red” house in the Flint district following complaints | New
FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) — After countless complaints from citizens, a red light at a neighborhood house is about to go out.
Neighbors in the Mott Park community say a house in the 2400 block of Norbert Street is a nuisance and when the red porch light is on, trouble begins.
“Lots of traffic, different people inside and outside, fights, shootings and deaths,” said a neighbor who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals.
Those living in the usually quiet community have raised their concerns with Flint police and Flint City Councilwoman Tonya Burns.
“I believe in keeping my promises, one of the promises I made was that house on Norbert Street,” Burns told ABC 12. “We call it the neighborhood red light. The neighbors told me they would vote for me if I could get rid of the problematic property.
The house is a rental. Robert Nelson is the legal tenant but he is not staying in the house due to unrelated legal issues that got him locked up, but his girlfriend/wife Jessica was there. Later, she called Robert so they could explain their side of the story.
He says he feels they are being unfairly targeted because he refused to sell drugs. “I’m on probation, I don’t need trouble anymore,” Nelson said.
Complaints of illegal activity prompted landlord Michelle Finney to file eviction papers. It took more than a month, but a bailiff is to come to the house on Saturday. “It’s very difficult to get someone off the property and I’m worried about what it’s going to look like now that they’re being evicted tomorrow,” Finney said.
“This is a family oriented community and we want to make sure it continues that way,” Councilor Burns said. “People shouldn’t have to live as hostages.”
Jessica and Robert maintain that they did nothing illegal. As for the red porch light, Robert said it was a Christmas decoration he never took down.