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Officials issue stop work order at 2 Leon Valley strip malls

Businesses not allowed to be open until violations fixed by property owner

SAN ANTONIOOn Monday, Leon Valley officials issued a stop work order on two strip malls located along Bandera Road.

City staffers cited numerous fire code violations and hazardous conditions at the existing structures at Seneca Plaza and Lebman's Coral. Due to the health, safety and welfare of the public and of the tenants who lease out spaces in the strip mall, businesses are not allowed to be open to customers until the violations have been fixed by the property owner.

“There are so many well-run, legitimate businesses in these two centers that are being affected by the owner’s refusal to comply with the orders of the fire marshal,” City Manager Kelly Kuenstler said.

Fire Chief Luis Valdez said he was “concerned with the owner’s blatant disregard for the essential safety of our citizens and the business owners who leased space in the structures,” and added, "Violations of the fire code will not be tolerated in Leon Valley. Our businesses need to be safe for everyone.”

Once all hazardous conditions are mitigated by the the strip mall's owner, Ron Ray, the city of Leon Valley will allow businesses to resume their regular operations.

Kuenstler said the city of Leon Valley strives to retain its legitimate businesses and that she empathizes with the well-run businesses, but the safety of the public must come first.

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