The Eyesore Next Door
Commercial plaza near Boulder Highway & Tropicana target for graffiti
A plaza in East Las Vegas has no tenants and neighbors say that's exactly why it's become an eyesore. They had hopes for it when it was built, but say instead it's bringing down their neighborhood down. They want to know who's responsible for cleanin Video by ktnv.comvideo
This notice is date April 3rd.
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A plaza in East Las Vegas has no tenants and neighbors say that's exactly why it's become an eyesore. They had hopes for it when it was built, but say instead it's bringing their neighborhood down. They want to know who's responsible for cleaning up this eyesore next door.
"It's been going on for awhile," said Jonathan Miller.
Long enough for Jonathan to get sick of looking at this empty plaza on Tropicana Avenue near Boulder Highway. The suites are up for lease, but the only thing occupying this commercial space is graffiti, broken windows and boards.
"I've seen people clean up the tagging and a few days later tagging will be right up," said Jonathan.
He says he's never seen any retailers set up shop there but he has seen homeless people. He says they take trash that's been dumped nearby, like a couch, and make a home.
Jonathan says his mom has called the company that's leasing the building hoping they would clean it up. But she was told the owner is responsible for that. So that's when she reached out to Action News.
"They'll board up the sides down here and then it will get tagged up somewhere else," said Jonathan.
Contact 13 called the county's code enforcement department. They say they put up a notice on April 3 ordering the owner to clean up the graffiti and get rid of all of the junk by May 7.
More than a week later, the property still looks the same. Contact 13 called and emailed the listed owner, American Spectrum, several times but never did hear back. So now Jonathan just waits to see if that cleanup deadline will be met.
"I think they should either rent it out faster or if they're not going to do that, maybe tear it down or make something new that actually will open up," said Jonathan.
Code enforcement can't talk about open cases but says in general if a deadline is not met, they will abate the property and put a lien against it. The leasing agent says with the economy, they're having a tough time renting it out.
If you have an eyesore in your neighborhood, Contact 13 wants to know about it. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your phone number.