Taking Action: Giant pothole plagues Charlotte neighborhood

People who live there say it's a forgotten neighborhood. The Firestone Park area in northwest Charlotte is filled with crumbling roads and trash. 

FOX 46 Charlotte is working to get results for those who thought there may be little hope in sight. 

A viewer reached out to FOX 46 Charlotte alerting us to a pesky pothole. 

"They do very little maintenance over here," Kyna Coe explained.

Along a particular stretch of road the homes have Charlotte addresses, but the people who live there don't feel like they're part of the city. 

"They said they don't service this area, so if I want trash and recycle to be picked up I have to find a private company to do it," Coe explained. 

Which is perhaps why near the intersection of June Furr Road and Hudson Graham Lane folks will find a pile of trash. But one neighbor said they have bigger problems - a problem that involves their street. 

"The word I would use is inconvenient because it is just unavoidable. I have to drive through it."

"It grows about a foot a month in diameter. It continually grows larger."

"The hole is going to eat the street."

Too big to be considered a pothole - so neighbors call it a "crater." They've called the City and County multiple times over the years, but have had no results. 

So FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to the City by phone and email and were given this statement: 

"This intersection is outside of the City of Charlotte limits and in Mecklenburg County. It does not appear to be under NCDOT maintenance. I would suggest contacting The Homeowners Association, the builder or the developer."

"In other words they are trying to place blame on somebody else instead of doing the job they need to do," Coe said. 

"The city worker will come and fix the sign but they won't come and fix the hole in the middle of the street."

Neighbors told FOX 46 Charlotte they just want a smooth street before the pothole takes a turn and becomes even more dangerous. 

"I am afraid a school-bus is going to come down through there and actually fall through down into a big hole."

FOX 46 Charlotte tried to contact the developer of the subdivision but was told it has been sold several times and no one seems to know who currently owns it.       

 

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