Blighted development gets holiday improvement delivery

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The sign marking the entrance to Fox Hollow Town Homes is now clear and visible from the road.

But it hasn’t always been that way.

“It was quite a problem because you have people mainly coming from outside doing a lot of the dumping,” resident Will Tate said.

“After leaving church one Sunday, I kept seeing all this solid waste on the curbside, so I decided to drive within the complex. I was just heartbroken,” community organizer Patricia Rogers said.

City officials said the homeowners association was in violation of the law.

But it’s private property.

So until they take the owner to court, Rogers said she felt she had to do something.

“I ran across Community Lift. I called and asked if he could do anything to help us. He said he could donate a dumpster,” she said.

It’s not the typical holiday donation, but here it meant just as much.

The first dumpster came Wednesday.

Rogers said they filled it so quickly, she called again.

Community Lift then delivered a second dumpster Saturday.

“It looks a lot better now with it cleaned up, so it was definitely a good thing,” Tate said.

“I’m hoping it will stay like this and things will get better for them in the future,” Rogers said.

She also hoped to find a Christmas tree donation for the neighborhood, she said.

Rogers also said she was working with Memphis Light Gas and Water to add more lighting to the neighborhood.

The Fox Hollow Homeowners' Association is due in environmental court January 13, according to city officials.