Pueblo

Abandoned homes stay standing in Pueblo

Homes like 1115 Spruce St. are scattered throughout the city with burned out structures, no windows or holes instead of wall.

Neighbors in the are worry about what happens here when no one is watching.

Despite hundreds of thousands of city dollars dedicated to clean up these chronic eyesores they still stand.

"We're all frustrated. You know, we appropriated money last year and it just seems like a pretty cut and dry thing, you've got money and you've got houses that need to be torn down and tear them down, but it just doesn't work that way, there's a lot of red tape," said City Council President Steve Nawrocki. 

City Councilwoman Lori Winner has been fighting against derelict properties in Pueblo for years and thinks it's a low priority for the city. 

"We have lots of beautiful buildings that city employees work in and county employees work in while the rest of our city just seems to deteriorate around all of these massive beautiful buildings," Winner said.

While the paperwork and red tape continues on these homes, Winner encourages neighbors to keep an eye out for illegal activity.

"If you don't have eyes on the property and you don't have neighbors trying to keep some order, it just gets worse and worse and worse," Winner said.

For the home on Spruce Street an environmental permit from the state has to be pulled because of asbestos concerns.


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