North Memphis Business Owner Fights City Of Memphis Over Public Alley
(Memphis) “I heard machines coming, looked out and saw all the police cars. I said, Ph my gosh. What’s going on?’” Anthony Scurlock said.
His work day started with city work crews cutting through a concrete wall behind his Pallet Services Company on North Main.
“All we basically try to do is work,” said Scurlock. “For 25 years, I basically feel I have not been treated fairly.”
The west side of Scurlock’s business borders a public alley.
For years, he says no one tended to the upkeep, so he cleared the alley and used it as a loading dock.
He built the brick-wall fence to keep out thieves.
“All we did was kinda refurbish, make it nice, keep people from coming in stealing,” said Scurlock.
It wasn’t a problem until he says the city decided to install a sewer line through the alley, so Scurlock sued.
The case is still pending.
Monday morning, the city, after giving a two-week notice, moved in.
City officials tell us private citizens can’t take over a public alley and that Scurlock was told to clear the property in April.
They say a new subdivision is under construction and he’s known about it since 2005.
Monday, Anthony Scurlock got a reprieve. Shortly after our cameras arrived, city crews packed up.
Scurlock’s attorney, who is working on a court date for the case, says things are now on hold.
The city says a specific date for demolition is now being discussed.
“I hope they hold off for a while. It takes money and it takes time to rebuild,” said Scurlock.