PILES OF GARBAGE, BROKEN GLASS AND A SMELL THAT CAN'T
THAT'S WHAT SOME IN THE WEST CENTRAL NEIGHBORHOOD
SAY THEY'VE BEEN PUTTING UP WITH FOR YEARS.
IT'S ALL COMING FROM A FORECLOSED HOME.
WHERE THEY SAY SQUATTERS HAVE TAKEN OVER.
KXLY-FOUR'S JOHN HENDRICKS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT
WITH WHAT THE CITY IS TRYING TO DO TO CLEAN UP HOUSES
THE CITY IS WORKING ON AN ORDINANCE THAT WOULD MAKE
LENDERS AND BANKS ACCOUNTABLE FOR MAKING SURE FORECLOSED
HOMES ARE KEPT CLEAN.
I WENT TO A HOME THAT WAS CONDEMNED BY THE CITY BUT
REMAINS A GARBAGE DUMP...
NEIGHBORS ARE HOPEFUL A NEW ORDINACE WILL HELP CLEAN
I have to hold my breath, somebody who is on oxygen,
hold my breath to go through the alley.
The gangs, the drugs, the violence rules this neighborhood.
People going in and out constantly using it for god
only knows what.
FRUSTRATION, DISGUST AND OUTRAGE.
WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE THIS HOME OFF BROADWAY AVENUE
It disgusts me, makes me worry about my health, makes
me worry about the health of my kids, my neighbors.
This isn't new this has been going on for years.
IT'S ONE OF MANY THROUGHOUT SPOKANE.
LEFT TO SQUATERS...
I have witnessed them with buckets of pee and poop,
human feces and just dumping it out.
ANGELA HOLLOWELL LIVES JUST A FEW HOUSES DOWN AND
SAYS OVER THE YEARS.
THE TRASH HAS PILED UP.
ELECTRIAL WIRING AND PLUMBING STRIPPED FROM THE HOUSE.
I would hope that they get hazmat or somebody out
here to clean the mess up so I don't have to come
down here and smell it.
HER NEIGHBOR TINA FLANSBURG FRUSTRATED AS WELL.
My ramp is the only ramp I have to get out of my house
is back here.
SHE'S IN A WHEELCHAIR, ON OXYGEN AND HAS TO PASS BY
THIS HOME TO GET TO THE BUS EVERYDAY.
JUST WHEN THEY THOUGHT NOTHING COULD BE DONE.
HELP COULD BE COMING.
We would hold the lenders responsible for maintaining
SPOKANE CITY COUNCILOR AMBER WALDREF IS WORKING ON
AN ORDINANCE THAT WOULD REQUIRE LENDERS TO REGISTER
FORECLOSED HOMES WITH THE CITY.
This would up front tell
them that they have the responsibility
to maintain the property and to preserve it.
IF THEY DIDN'T.
THEY WOULD FACE A FINE.
WALDREF IS HOPEFULL A CHANGE IN CITY CODE WILL HELP
CLEAN UP HOMES LIKE THE ONE ON BROADWAY.
AND GIVE NEIGHBORS SOME RELIEF...
This is what you would smell at a dump, we're not
a dump we're at a city street.
NEIGHBORS I SPOKE WITH SAY THEY HAVE REPORTED THE
HOUSE SEVERAL TIMES BUT KEEP GETTING TOLD BY POLICE
AND THE CITY THEIR HANDS ARE TIED.
JOHN WHERE DOES THE ORDINANCE STAND NOW WITH THE CITY.
THEY WERE SUPPOSE TO TALK ABOUT AT TONIGHTS MEETING.
BUT IT WAS PUSHED BACK UNTIL THE SEPTEMBER 8TH MEETING.
I CAN TELL YOU FOLKS LIVING NEAR THAT HOUSE REALLY
HOPING SOMETHING IS DONE SOON.