People Fed Up with Neglected Neighborhood

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

People living down the street from a neglected neighborhood say they've had enough.

They want the city to cleanup a Grand Junction trailer park and crackdown on code violations but the city says its not that easy.

Grand Junction code enforcement officials say the James Trailer Park was built before 1976 when the building codes were not as strict,
making it difficult to get the park to comply with current codes.

Jury rigged carports without a permit, piles of junk everywhere, appliances in yards and out of compliance with city codes.

People living down the street are sick of it.

"I won't let my son even go down there," a woman who lives down the street who did not want to be identified told 11 News on Wednesday.

"Everybody needs a place to live, I just wish they'd clean it up."

She says it's not just about keeping up appearances--it's about safety.

"It's scary, it really is."

The neglected neighborhood off North Avenue and 28 1/4 Road has been full of crime.

A car fire, a mobile home burned, a stabbing, a shooting and a vandalism spree all in the same year.

Neighbors want the city to clean it up.

"I wish they'd get their butts in gear," the neighbor told 11 News.

Kathy Portner works in code enforcement with the city and she says the city is in gear.

"We're working cooperatively with the owner who would also like to see the interior of the park cleaned up," Portner said Wednesday.

She says officials have been working for several months on the neighborhood but it takes time, how much time, she couldn't say.

"We're still working through that with him so we haven't set a timeline yet."

Neighbors say too much time has already passed and they won't feel safe about their neighborhood as long as the graffiti keeps showing up on fences and the junk keeps piling up.

City officials say if they have to, they will start writing tickets but they're hoping it doesn't get to that point.


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