An Oklahoma City family feels overwhelmed by the amount of vandalism to their one-time northwest Oklahoma City business.
York’s TV and Appliance was open for 32 years at the corner of May Avenue and NW 30. It closed seven years ago, but the Yorks still own the property.
“Our boys worked here. They learned a lot here,” Yvonne York said.
The building has been constantly targeted by thieves and vandals.
More than 40 of the 200 small windows facing May Avenue have been busted. Two more were broken this past weekend.
The copper from the AC unit has been stripped and there are clothes left from people who have broken into the building to sleep.
“When we walk into this place, we want to cry because people have taken advantage of us,” York said.
The City cited the Yorks for the condition of the building and the family has started to clean thing up.
On Tuesday, Yvonne York appeared in front of the Oklahoma City City Council to explain the need for extra time to improve the building.
The Yorks hope they can attract another family business to rent the place.
They refuse to sell the building.
“Part of our heart is still here,” York said.
The City Council agreed to work with the Yorks and provide extra time for the family to make improvements.