Raucous party, lax security, silence from management plague first week at The Cottages of New Mexico

Updated: 08/25/2014 9:50 PM | Created: 08/25/2014 9:44 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In the eight days since move-in day, there have been 23 calls to emergency services from The Cottages of New Mexico, a new subdivision meant primarily for UNM students to live off-campus, including a 600-person block party and a shooting.

Residents say security guards are letting in people who don't live there to start trouble.

The management company, Capstone Collegiate Communities, isn't talking about it, but they are sending "tweets" to residents.

Jerry Trujillo lives at The Cottages, and say's it's been a constant party so far.

"The streets are filled with random people and alcohol," Trujillo said. "You wake up in the morning and hey streets are covered in broken bottles…I would compare it to, like, Project X."

Trujillo is referring to the 2012 movie in which a group of teenagers throw a raucous party. The images from residents' social media accounts tell a similar story, with streets flooded with students.

Over the weekend, two non-residents were arrested for a drive-by shooting.

People who live there say others who don't are taking over because they can waltz right in. In a day alone, KOB witnessed an access gate open for hours and an insecure clubhouse and pool.

Monday, residents took to Twitter to express frustration with their new home.

A resident named Jeff sent @CottagesofNewMexico a message saying "it would be so much better if high school kids and randoms couldn't just walk onto the property whenever they wanted."

"Unless you pay the $600 [a month] to live here, stop [expletive] up my community. We have to suffer for your childish behaviors," a man named Jeff tweeted.

@CottagesofNewMexico sent a handful of messages back, including one to a resident that said "we are working extremely hard to make changes to better your home."

Despite calls and emails to Cottages management, and to its parent company, Capstone Collegiate, no statement has been released to KOB.

But late Sunday night, there was a strong security presence at the property; several people on foot and in vehicles were turned away when they couldn't prove they lived at the complex.

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