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One year later, collapsed building still not cleaned up

Neighbors are upset nothing's been done since building came partially down in Reading.

One year later, collapsed building still not cleaned up

READING, Pa. - It has now been a year since a home collapsed on Buttonwood Street in Reading and neighbors are outraged it has not been cleaned up.   

Jesus Garcia has been forced to endure the sights and smells that linger on the 1200 block of Buttonwood Street in Reading every day for the past year.

That is because last June 25th, the home across the street came tumbling down.

"I try to enjoy the view. But, then that is just in the way. It is just a nuisance because it is disgusting, dirty and broken down," said Jesus Garcia of Reading.

Neighbors say what started as a building collapse quickly turned into the eyesore of the block, attracting trash, wild animals, drug activity and even people urinating.

"It ruined the whole block because the block used to be really clean. It was like no danger or anything. There have been four or more times we have had to call the cops because of people going in there and bringing drugs," said Guadalupe Garcia of Reading.

They say they are not only worried about their safety, but the safety of the dozens of children who live on the block.

"I feel nauseated by it. I feel ashamed. My kids come out every day and play and I have to be after them. People going in and out," said Chanta Alvarado of Reading.

After the collapse, 69 News learned that the building had been condemned and the owner had been living without water and utilities for years.

One neighbor tells us the city inspector said the case is tied up in the court system.

But residents say they do not care if it is a legal issue or not, something needs to be done.

"I think they should clean it up already," said Garcia.

"They need to come clean it up, that is it. Get it over with," said Alvarado.

We contacted the Chief Building Inspector and are still waiting to hear back.

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