CHICAGO (CBS) — An North Side woman has disputed the city’s claims that she has more than two dozen code violations at her home and the vacant lot she’s turned into an urban.
Mo Cahill’s “Moah’s Ark,” as she calls it, is located in the 1800 of West Touhy Av., a couple doors down from her two-flat in Rogers Park. She said the vacant lot was an eyesore for 25 years when she bought it three years ago, but most in the community love it now that she’s started growing tomatoes, raspberries, apples, pears and plums.
A complaint to the city brought inspectors out over the summer, and she was issued 25 citations: 18 for her two-flat, 7 for her urban farm. Among the complaints of “noxious odors” and an “unsanitary and offensive condition” created by chickens she keeps in a makeshift coop on the farm.
“There’s noxious odors from my chicken coop is a blatant lie,” Cahill said. She contended there was not a swarm of flies in the coop when an inspector visited in August, as the citations allege. She said it was more like 50 flies, which she argued would be par for the course in August.