CREATED Apr. 29, 2013
INDIO - A vacant property on Avenue 48 in Indio was once a luxurious $2 million dollar home, but not anymore. The house is a wreck and the expansive grounds are dead. Many residents want it fixed saying it's a potential fire hazard.
"There are dead trees and bushes. If it was to ever catch on fire, they've been dead for so many years, it would just go up in one big blaze," expresses Nikki Miller who lives in the Desert Grove development, a 55 and over community.
She has lived there for three years and tells me during that time, the house has always been vacant. She hasn't seen anyone caring for the property. The dead vegetation is right next door to her and the complex. She said the whole neighborhood is concerned.
"Just by looking at it, you can tell that a wildfire would go off in minutes," says another neighbor Roger Guillen.
One of the property owners, Robert Zamora from the American Housing Partners, says there are workers caring for the property.
"This poses no threat at this point," adds Zamora, "Someone else has always been there pretty much on a daily basis.
Fire department officials say they'll be inspecting the site for fire safety under code enforcement, but this problem might be fixed soon. According to Zamora, they are planning on demolishing the property in the coming weeks in order to build a new, apartment complex for seniors. He is working with the City of Indio to obtain these permits to follow through with the development project.