Neighbors call eyesore property a danger
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Windows are boarded up, the shell is burned out and a pile of trash is spread along the side.
It's not exactly home sweet home at the corner of Missouri Avenue and Stephanie Street in the Southeast part of the Valley.
Action News asked neighbors what they would like to see done to the property.
"Cleaned up and torn down," said Jean Baldwin, a neighbor who lives by.
Jean Baldwin has lived nearby for about a decade.
"What does this do to the neighborhood?" asked Michael.
"Makes it look worse than it is. It's not that good of a neighborhood and it makes it look really bad," explained Jean.
People we spoke with say the three large structures on the property have become a hang out for the homeless. Neighbors say a corner building burned over the summer and parents are worried because there's an elementary school just blocks away.
"To me, honestly, it's just danger for the kids," said Martha Rivera, another neighbor.
We met Martha walking her son from school. She says the property has looked that way for several years.
"I would knock [it] down or clean it up," said Martha.
Neighbors said they're pretty disgusted by a huge pile of trash filled with clothing, blankets, shoes, a wig, and some graham crackers; on a windy day, the debris blows throughout the community.
"People see where you live like that, right there with all that garbage, and it's been there for about two weeks now - all that crap," said Jean.
With no owner on site, Action News called Clark County for answers. Turns out, they're familiar with the property. Code enforcement officer Paul Easton said the county boarded up one building this summer after the fire.
Action News also tried to track down the owner.
We reached the owner's daughter by phone who told us her mom no longer lives in town. The daughter blamed vandals and trespassers for the property condition.
"So you're saying your mom tired to fix up these properties out here but people would still break in and vandalize them," said Michael.
The daughter went on to say those issues made the property tough to sell, but that could soon change.
Within 24 hours after Action News first showed up, county code enforcement showed up and they ordered crews to board up the structures on the property.
The county put a notice on one building deeming it "unsafe." Another notice calls another home an "imminent danger." Code enforcement said the property has no working utilities. Crews unloaded lumber to board up the doors. The county told the people inside to get out. Crews may be back in just a few weeks if the county decides to demolish the buildings.
"It's something that needs to be taken care of," said Martha.
Action News asked the owner's daughter to pass along our phone number to speak with the owner but never heard back. Code enforcement said the owner will have 35 days to respond to the notices. If not, the county will demolish the buildings and haul away the trash at the property owner's expense.
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