LAKE WYLIE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Imagine buying the home of your dreams, only to find a dump next door just months after moving in. The catch is, that trash isn't supposed to be there.
Neighbors tell FOX 46 Charlotte that is exactly what is happening in a neighborhood along Lake Wylie.
"Its ugly and it smells," said neighbor, Roger White.
The sign says "Notebook Trail", but its actually an abandoned subdivision in unincorporated Mecklenburg County. There aren't any homes there, but you'll find plenty of household items.
We are talking about more than just bags of trash. There is everything from old tv's, to unwanted furniture and even a kitchen sick. All of these unwanted items were tossed away into empty lots.
"It's become a hazard and someone could very easily be injured," said White.
Roger White captured photos of the mounds of trash during his visit to the abandoned site. He even stumbled upon an abandoned boat during his visit.
During our stop, we found open manhole covers and giant sinkholes. The forgotten development sits just outside the expanding Vineyards on Lake Wylie neighborhood.
"We even at one point in time had our home up for sale and we were thinking about moving and there were a lot of people who commented it's kinda trashy when you first pull in," said neighbor, Joe Gonzales.
Mecklenburg County tells FOX 46 Charlotte they are aware of the problem and send out a crew frequently to check on the location. We tagged along at the beginning of May to see what officials usually find.
"And this stuff, I mean that stuff is pretty fresh. This is a difficult area. It's an unincorporated area so the county has authority here," said Environmental Specialist, Aaron Caudle.
In unincorporated areas of the county, homeowners must find and pay for their own trash collection service. Caudle says some people refuse to do that, so they dump their trash where-ever they can, including the abandoned neighborhood along Lake Wylie.