Shuttered car wash, bastion of crime to be demolished after bank buys property | KOB 4

Shuttered car wash, bastion of crime to be demolished after bank buys property

Joy Wang
September 14, 2018 06:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A metro neighborhood is demanding answers after they say homeless people are seeking shelter in an abandoned car wash.


“It's been a constant source of crime," Daniel Boardman said. "We've had to call the police almost daily. Large fights have erupted here. There's been drug dealing, prostitution."

Boardman owns the restaurant Tia Betty Blues, located right next to a car wash that's been abandoned for about a year.

“We've had break-ins of all the cars when they park near here,” Boardman said. “Then there's persistent panhandling of our customers that emanates from here. So it's been a real struggle for about a year.”

He says things got worse over the summer.

City officials say code enforcers are working on filing a criminal complaint against the registered property owner, but an inspector learned Friday morning that another bank bought the property and plans to demolish the old car wash.

“It's been an ongoing problem and we're just super frustrated,” Boardman said.

The frustration may end soon. The city says the new owner plans to have a maintenance company clean the site this weekend and begin demolition work in 10 days.


Joy Wang

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