SPOKANE, Wash. - Neighbors in northwest Spokane have been battling to get a condemned home cleaned up for years, and now the nightmare is finally over.
The Francis and C St. neighborhood has been home to some residents since the houses were brand new.
"This was the first house we moved into after we got married in 1955, I've been here 59 years, and it was a lovely neighborhood," said Maureen.
Maureen didn't want to give her last name, but says in the past two years living next to an abandoned home was next to unbearable. From being woken up at all hours of the night, having her water stolen, and finding drug paraphernalia in her yard.
"They didn't take care of their property, or their animals, but the garbage was really bad and it was piled up right outside my dining room window," said Maureen.
Thanks to the City of Spokane, and some very persistent neighbors, Maureen's nightmare is over.
"They finally came and cleaned it up with two dump trucks and a bobcat and code enforcement. And what they fought over for the last 4 or 5 months actually took 45 minutes to clean up," said Jim Bayne.
City spokesperson Brian Coddington said this case was not a typical trash complaint.
"In this case it's in foreclosure so the bank is involved so there is some additional process that we have to go through to be able to access the property and clean it up," said Coddington.
The city said this is a growing problem. Historically, they deal with half a dozen absentee unresponsive property owners a year.
"Over the last year we've had more than 40 of these," said Coddington.
The property also housed an abandoned car that will be picked up by Spokane Police Department.
Neighbors said the property still needs a lot of work, but this is a great start. They only hope the next owners take better care of the property.
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