'It's like a haunted mansion' - FOX 13 News

'It's like a haunted mansion'

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DAVIS ISLANDS (FOX 13) -

Neighbors call it 4,000 square feet of filth: a sprawling Davis Islands mansion is no stranger to the city's Neighborhood Enhancement Division.

They condemned the crumbling home, saying its decay over the past two years is now a danger to neighbors.

"It's an absolute eyesore. It really is a truly decrepit house. It is a haunted like mansion," said Javier Lescano, who lives next door to the Severn Avenue estate.

City code officers want it leveled, but Monday afternoon, the property owners got to press pause. They were granted a two-week stay to clean up the place before their city demolition hearing.

"There's nothing really to care for, it's going to crumble on its own anyways. They may as well have the city knock it down for them," Lescano said Monday.

Believe it or not, the home was once an iconic estate on Davis Islands. Neighbors say in the 1970's it was a plush one-bedroom bachelor pad, rumored to have graced the pages of racy magazines.

But neighbors say those days have come and gone. Now, they're asking the city to obliterate the eyesore.

"I think the city needs to address what the big issues are in having a property like this," neighbor Antonio Amadeo said Monday.

The property owners' stay gives them until Nov. 6 to try and clean up the place. They'll then meet with the Code Board to determine whether the city will proceed with a demolition.

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