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The homes located at 323 Grove St NE and 321 San Pablo NE have been vacant for years, and have been attracting illegal drug activity, vagrants, and taggers.

August 1, 2012

Albuquerque- Mayor Richard J. Berry, Councilor Rey Garduño, and the Safe City Strike Force joined together to rid a neighborhood of two vacant, dilapidated houses. The homes located at 323 Grove St NE and 321 San Pablo NE have been vacant for years, and have been attracting illegal drug activity, vagrants, and taggers. Because both the houses share property lines with La Mesa Elementary School, the City is eager to eliminate these houses from the neighborhood before school starts.

The house located at 323 Grove St NE has been cited as attracting a variety of illegal activity including drug use and prostitution. Staff at La Mesa Elementary School has also encountered paraphernalia on school property, most likely left by vagrants utilizing the structure. On numerous occasions the city cleaned the property, and now it’s time to officially demolish the house.

Numerous complaints have also been issued for 321 San Pablo NE. At this home Elementary School Staff have also witnessed a rash of criminal activity.

The houses will be demolished by Will Jackson Grading, the local company that won the competitive bid process. The total cost of demolition for both properties is about $24,500.

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