A dozen abandoned homes in Roswell to be torn down | KOB 4

A dozen abandoned homes in Roswell to be torn down

Faith Egbuonu
October 09, 2019 06:17 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A dozen abandoned homes in Roswell will soon be history.


They’re not only eyesores, but have also become havens for squatters.

"It's basically just to remove a problem from the community,” said Roswell Community Development Director Bill Morris.

The homes are damaged, run-down and deteriorating from years of abandonment.

"We want to remove these as quickly as we can,” Morris said.

The city plans to tear down twelve abandoned homes by the end of October.

Morris said the abandoned homes have been a place of shelter for squatters and a gateway for crime.

"We're not going to allow them to stay in one place and create mayhem for a community that's trying to do something better,” Morris said.

Lee Miranda lives in the area.

"It's pretty rough,” Miranda said. “I've been hoping they'll tear it down for a long time now."

Squatters nearby have been a cause of concern for his family’s safety.

"You get a bunch of weirdos around the neighborhood,” Miranda said. “ I got kids and stuff; I don’t like that around my kids.”

Morris said it’s not easy, but believes it’s the first step to alleviating the problem.

"We have to start somewhere,” he said.


Faith Egbuonu

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