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Scraps remain in South Bend months after brewery was demolished

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The bricks from Drewrys brewery building remain at the site months after it was demolished.

One  Near Northwest neighbor says he’s sick of looking at the scraps on the corner.

“You’ve got all kinds of stuff but nothing happens,” Rev. Lonnie Hosea said Wednesday, while examining the site.

Hosea has lived in South Bend most of his life.

He sees the pile of bricks every day on the way home.

“It’s an eyesore just to drive up. I’m ashamed just to be walking up and down this street and seeing all these bricks,” Hosea said.

The scraps and the land below them belong to a man named Steve Durkee, who doesn't live in Indiana.

A spokesperson for the city says code enforcement is trying to work with Durkee to plan cleanup, but there’s no timetable yet.

“We’ve been waiting. We’ve still been waiting,” Hosea said.

The longer he waits, the more Hosea questions the city’s priorities.

Across from the brewery site is a vacant lot full of tree limbs, and Martin’s nearby is closing its supermarket location.

“This is sad. I never thought I’d see anything like this in the city again,” Hosea said.

In the meantime, Hosea says he plans to attend some Common Council meetings to speak up about this pile of bricks.

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