CREATED Jul. 1, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY - An unkempt dirt lot on Campbell Street and Perez Road has become an eyesore for residents especially business owners in the area.
"We've been out here since 2001, and basically the lot has had no improvements since then, so the weeds just keep on growing," said the owner of Davies Auto Care, Dave Davies.
His shop is across the street from the vacant lot. Davies says it's not fair for the business owners in the area to have this eyesore next door because they comply with the City's codes to keep their businesses neat.
One look at the lot, and one can see piles of debris, sand, broken glass, stored building materials and overgrown weeds.
"I would like to see somebody come and clean it up. On the corner it looks like a hazard when you pull out in traffic, so to see traffic come from both directions is just about safety," shared Davies.
Another business owner, Tony Feroleto, from Performance Plus Automotive would like to see something done about this property. He says it's not giving the neighborhood nor their businesses a good image.
"We all try to keep our properties very nice. You see my grass is cut, and I have flowers," added Feroleto. "You know it doesn't add to the value of our buildings."
According to a Code Enforcement Officer from the City of Cathedral City, Sandra Martinez, the owner of the lot is responsible for its maintenance. Right now, the lot is in violation of the city's codes.
"The City's Planning Department was working with the owner in 2011 to get the lot cleaned up, but they never heard back from him," said Martinez.
The City is trying to reach the owner to make him clean up the lot soon.