SEATTLE-- Nickelsville, the unauthorized homeless encampment in Seattle's Southwest industrial area, may have to move.
A neighbor has filed legal action, putting the camp's future in question.
Nearly 100 campers live with no water or sewer hook-ups, no fire inspections and a lot of rats.
The property is not zoned for the use it's in and I'm the guy thats going to take the hit. said Nickelsville's adjacent neighbor, Greg Jacobsen, President of Sea-Way Marine.
In the marine parts business for six decades, Jacobsen wants to sell his warehouse. But, he said Nickelsville has damaged his property value.
There's a fire hazard here. Theft hazard here. The property's been damaged. I've had my doors jimmied. They've broken my water spigots off trying to get water. We can do a lot better as a city. said Jacobsen.
He is filing a $1.6 million damage claim against the city.
We would have to pack up and leave here, but where? said Nickelsville resident Richard Gilbert.
Representatives from the nearby Highland Park and Riverside neighborhoods have asked the city to move Nickelsville out by mid-June.
The non-profit organization Food Lifeline has offered to purchase the property for a new facility.