Neighbors concerned about U District vacant lot turned junkyard

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by MIMI JUNG / KING 5 News

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Posted on September 26, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 5:56 PM

It’s an eyesore and now, neighbors say it’s a danger.  A vacant lot at 7th Avenue Northeast and NE 43rd Street in Seattle’s University District has turned into a mini landfill.

You'll find everything from furniture, laundry baskets, old bikes, and shopping carts.

On Tuesday night, a fire broke out at the site, likely by a group of homeless who have set up camp there.

Neighbors say the group has started bonfires and fights and they’ve complained to the city.

“My tenants are scared to death,” said Sandy Stein, a nearby landlord.  “A lot of people have been complaining.”

“It's very nerve-wracking. I don't know what they're doing. Other neighbors say they're dealing drugs, using drugs,” said neighbor Herb Keller.

Seattle’s Department of Planning & Development says it’s received a number of complaints and has warned the property owner about the illegal camping and junk.  The owner, who lives in Medina, has until Oct. 15 to respond to the warning from the city.  If there is no response, he’ll be cited for not cleaning up the property.

Neighbors hope something is done before even more trouble occurs.
 

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