Taking Back Our Streets: Shady activity at Shady Creek

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It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT
It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT
It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT
It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT
It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT
It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT
It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT
It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south. Source: WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It was one of the first residential areas you saw as you drove into Jackson on I-55 south.

Now, the trailer park is an abandoned, growing eyesore and as the saying goes, the first impression is usually lasting.

The name was pleasant enough -- Shady Creek Mobile Home Park when it was inhabited. Now, it's just shady activity at 3920 I-55 Frontage Road in south Jackson -- staircases to nowhere, trash, discards.

A dumping ground.

We've been told this trailer park has been vacant for about a month and since then, anything of value has been stripped away from the trailers themselves and everything out here and the owner of this business just next door didn't want to go on camera, but he did say this vacant lot is already causing him big problems.

One of those problems 3 On Your Side witnessed first hand.

AT&T workers were on hand repairing damage caused by metal thieves the night before.

"Somebody in Jackson has been stealing several of our cables and this was the 300th pair that got stolen over the weekend," said AT&T's Chad Davis. "They also cut the fiber and they're selling it for scrap."

A costly crime on many fronts.

As we interviewed the A-T&T worker, we could see someone in the distance, armed with tools, scavenging.

"We don't want to get anything without asking first," said Sandra Blackwell. "We're trying to find out who owns the place. It's an eyesore, needs to be cleaned up."

Blackwell lives on McDowell Road and witnesses all kinds of unsavory activity going on here, especially at night.

"As far as getting all this cleaned up, it would be a lot better and probably a lot better for the environment too," said Blackwell. "There's a lot of tires and stuff. You can see where people come down and just throw things like drug paraphernalia in the bottom of the place and it's not safe for anybody."

I reached out to Jaye Coleman, commander of the Jackson Police Department's Community Improvement Division, for answers.

"This area is kinda isolated, so we didn't really have a report on it other than like abandoned cars and stuff like that and when it was actually occupied for domestic or unknown trouble," said Commander Coleman.

Coleman said he has identified the owner of the property as Flowood Investment Group, LLC. The address 10 Lakeland Circle in Jackson.

We didn't see signs for Flowood Investment Group, LLC at that location. There is also a "for sale or rent" sign on the property. We called the number but it was disconnected.

Still, Commander Coleman said a notification letter has been mailed to Flowood Investment Group, as well as the last known property manager listed back in 2015 as Todd Duncan.

"We found a property manager and we're trying to actually locate him," said Coleman. "See if he has forwarding information for actual owners, so the only address we have is in the land role. We mailed a  letter out to them and hopefully we get a response from them."

So, what will become of the growing eyesore and rapidly developing nuisance property that was once Shady Creek Mobile Home Park?

"Well, we would like to get a response to the owners and give them an opportunity to do it," said Coleman. "If not we'll just have to send it out to a contractor for bid and let it go through the city council process and clean it up and assess a lien on it."

He said a gate blocking the entrance to the property may also be in the works.

Good news for folks trying to do business along this frontage road, for visitors coming to Jackson on the I-55 corridor for the first time and for nearby residents like Sandra Blackwell.

"Just needs to be cleaned up," said Blackwell. "I mean, whoever owns it, let somebody know that's willing to come in and clean it up for you."

"Whenever these problems come up, alert us and everything because we use these eyes in the city to identify these properties and once they're identified, we will start the process of getting them cleaned up," added Coleman.

It can take anywhere from three to eight months for the city to complete the process for getting any kind of clean up going. We'll keep you posted on progress at this location.

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