Vacant Vancouver duplex is ongoing nuisance

Credit: KGW Reporter Erica Heartquist

Vacant Vancouver duplex is ongoing nuisance

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by Erica Heartquist, KGW Reporter

kgw.com

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 4:50 PM

VANCOUVER -- An abandoned Vancouver house is being called a neighborhood nuisance.

What used to be a respectable home is now an eyesore, covered with graffiti both inside and out.

Northeast 85th Avenue could be any road in any neighborhood. Except for the one very different-looking duplex at the end of the 2000 block.

"It's been locked up about two to three times, but someone keeps breaking in there," said neighbor David Altom-Wright.

"It's awful. It's trashed. There's graffiti all over it. It's boarded up. It looks post-apocalyptic," he said, adding that the duplex makes him downright uncomfortable. "Because, I mean, there's a school right there," he said while pointing to Peter S. Ogden Elementary School about 1,000 feet away.

"I would like to know who owns it because I would personally get in touch with them and ask them to tear it down," said Evylena Wallace, who was visiting her grandkids nearby.

Neighbors said a woman lived on one side, her mother on the other. They moved out and the house has been vacant since then.

"I have been gone for a year and come back and it's the same way, only more graffiti and more trash," said Wallace.

According to a notice posted on the garage door, Bank of America services the loan for the vacant home. The notice said it would protect the property by replacing the locks.

Bank of America sent this statement to KGW: "As of December 2012, we are no longer servicing the loan on this property. We are reaching out to the new servicer and notifying them of the issues with the property."

According to the statement, that company is Select Portfolio Services. But without an account number it's impossible to speak with a representative of the company.

The City of Vancouver would like help with the house as well.

"So it really is frustrating for us trying to find a party that's responsible for finding a responsible party and getting the situation addressed," said Sree Thirunagari, a City of Vancouver building official in the Community Development Department.

Vancouver police said they have responded multiple times to issues at the house. But police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said there's only so much police can do.

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