Battle to bulldoze: Neighbors fight to demolish hotbed of crime
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An eyesore and a hotbed of crime. That's how neighbors describe an abandoned mobile home park that went up in flames Friday. They say they've been trying to get someone to clean it up for years. After hitting dead end after dead end, they called 9OYS for help.
But the problems at 316 E. Prince started long before last week's fire threatened neighbors' homes.
"It's an ugly eyesore," said Richard Clay.
"Nobody wants to come outside and look at this," said Quanilla Pratt.
316 E. Prince can only be described as a deserted wasteland. Trash. Broken windows. Graffiti. You name it, they got it. Everywhere.
"Worse and worse everyday," said Pratt.
The property, an old trailer park, has technically been abandoned. There are signs warning you to keep out. But few listen.
"There's transients of all shapes, sizes, and forms coming in and out of here," said Clay. "It's bad."
And that's why neighbors have pushed so hard to get it leveled.
"No one wants to do something about it," said Clay.
"It's been a big time run around," said Pratt.
So neighbors called 9OYS. And we called the city of Tucson. Teresa Williams with Code Enforcement tells 9OYS the city gave the demolition order last November. The problem is the trailers are all full of asbestos. Crews have to remove that before demolition. A permit for the work was issued last month.
"How long do we have to till now for this?" asked Clay.
The city says one to two months, maybe longer. Williams says they're working with the property owners. 9OYS did some digging and found 316 E. prince owned by Myra Renovations LLC. Property tax records show they owe taxes.
9OYS called Myra, but got her voicemail, something neighbors say they've grown used to. But Friday's fire and how close it came to destroying their homes has sparked a desire to no longer take no for an answer.
"We want it gone," said Pratt. "What they need to do, we want it gone."
Tucson Fire tells 9OYS the cause of Friday's mobile home fire is still undetermined and under investigation.