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Maintain lakefront property


To the Editor:

When my wife, our four kids and I moved to this city in 1989, we did so because of the great school system and the wonderful sense of a small neighborhood that we found here. Every day that we drove down Lakeshore, we were captivated by the magic of the elegant lakefront.

We were incredibly fortunate to build a lakefront home in 1995. Our joy in living in this idyllic setting has been shattered by every homeowner's worst nightmare — a bad neighbor.

Unfortunately, our next-door neighbor is a "nonprofit organization" known as the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. We moved to a beautiful neighborhood. Now we sit next to two vacant homes that are poorly maintained and one in particular looks like it belongs in an abandoned neighborhood, not in Grosse Pointe Farms.

The house next to us has been vacant for two years. It is neglected and unkempt. While most residents lovingly maintain their lawns and gardens, 60 Lakeshore is allowed to lie fallow and decay.

Vacant homes quickly become dangerous focal points for drug dealers and criminals. What is to prevent this from happening in our city? In fact, our "bad neighbor" has a pattern of destroying lakeside homes.

Forty Lakeshore, also owned by the War Memorial, has been allowed to decay and rot for more than 10 years. Rather than allowing neighbors to build beautiful homes on these properties, the War Memorial now seeks to completely destroy the character and quality of this neighborhood.

In traditional neighborhoods, when one neighbor is in trouble, good neighbors come to offer help. We hope now that all our friends and neighbors in Grosse Pointe Farms will help us maintain our beautiful neighborhood.

William and Carol O'Neill

Grosse Pointe Farms

William and Carol O’Neill
Grosse Pointe Farms
June 16, 2004

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