In December 2009, a house on East Formosa burned to the ground after police say the intoxicated owner admitted to setting it on fire. Neighbors at the time did not know it would start a three year headache.
Esaw Soriano contacted the KSAT 12 Defenders earlier this month and said the lot was full of debris, broken glass, a school zone speed sign, even shopping carts, some with food in them.
But the worst thing, he said, was a rigged up open air toilet with human waste. "The smell is horrible,” Soriano said. “I mean that far away. There's a porta potty, like an outhouse out there."
Carlos Lopez said neighbors had asked the city for help a number of times but had no luck. "Why does the city, code compliance allow it," Lopez asked.
The KSAT Defenders contacted Code Enforcement Services and the city got right to work cleaning up the lot. The city hired a contractor to do the job, which finished up on Saturday. The contractor came in with a bobcat and started hauling out junk.
Police stood by and kept watch. Neighbors say three trailers full of trash were hauled out. When the last worker left, the neighborhood was happy to see a relatively clean, debris-free lot.
"People complain and nobody does anything until the Defenders step in,” Soriano said. “And we are, the whole community, is grateful for what y'all have done."
His hope is the lot stays clean. Further, that it could be sold and that somebody would come in and build a house that would fit in with the neighborhood. Residents with neighborhood eyesore are urged to call the city at 3-1-1.