Deadline passes for man to clear yard of junk

Posted at: 08/19/2013 5:16 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The cleanup deadline came and went at 5 p.m. Monday for an Albuquerque property owner who turned a vacant lot into a junkyard in a West Side neighborhood famous for its scenic views.

City inspectors said they will not charge the owner with a criminal violation of the city zoning code.

Owner Rod Tingley did get some stuff moved off the property. He had a used restaurant equipment business that went belly-up this summer, and he stored his inventory on the vacant lot next to his house. KOB Eyewitness News 4 caught up with professional remodeler Dante Arellano, who looking for bargains.  He didn’t find much.

“These are heating and cooling type of units that look like they’re just falling apart,” Arellano said. “Maybe they’ve been taken apart and they’re just in pieces, and I certainly don’t see anything here that’s even salvageable for any future use. Sell it for scrap? That’s probably all you can do with it right now.”

Neighbors were not exactly overjoyed when the junk started piling up at the end of July. The city gave the owner ten days to clean it up and the clock ran out Monday.

City inspectors say they will file a criminal complaint in Metro Court and the clerks will set a date for a hearing. If the owner manages to clean it up before that hearing, the city will drop the charges.

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