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Where did Kmart fences go?

By From page A8 | July 21, 2014

This letter is with regard to the sad state of repair the old Kmart building is in.

I live in Fairfield and have watched since Kmart closed its doors. Since that day, I have watched the vacant building become a magnet for homeless, trash, graffiti and all types of big rigs. The city put up fences to try to manage the situation, but the fences eventually disappeared. Now people are dumping old mattresses and trash on the property, with no regard for city ordinances.

I called on the city leaders to put the fences back up and have the code enforcement department patrol it more often. Also if the landowners are not willing to maintain their property, then I say take over the property with eminent domain.

Any help the city or any of their departments can give is much appreciated.

Thank you and God bless America.

Lucas McClaflin


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Discussion | 7 comments

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  • 2realJuly 21, 2014 - 6:31 am

    It has alot to do with that homeless hangout called talk n win. Plus it looks pretty convenient for the truckers/hookers.

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  • Tracy VestJuly 21, 2014 - 10:16 am

    I actually thought it looked worse with the tacky fence around it. That whole shopping center has been an eyesore for the last decade or so. The city needs to tear it down and start over. Neighborhoods (and Fairfield in general) will never get improved if the city continues to allow landowners (both commercial AND residential) to ignore their responsibility in keeping up their property, allowing blight to take over.

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  • Get moving....July 21, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    The city needs to get off its rear end and get somebody to move in there. Anybody approached Fry's? How about the post office--then they won't have to shuttle mail between FF and SS and back. Is a grocery store out there that might be interested? City council/city manager needs to light a fire under the economic people--we're losing revenue!!

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  • post office ideas are doaJuly 21, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    Post office has said unequivocally they not build/move into any new facility.

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  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2012/06/01/giving-differently-liberals-and-conservatives-have-radically-different-views-of-charity/July 21, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    Tracy, the city can't tear down what they don't own. @Get Moving, do you know for sure that they aren't working on trying to attract a new tenant or working with the property owner on other ideas?

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  • Ulises S. GuberJuly 21, 2014 - 7:35 pm

    Wow "Get moving....", if only it were that easy, if you don't like your neighbors house call the city to tear it down, if you want a movie star to move in just ask them to just that. But you can't just take someones property and you can't just wish for a business to invest a bunch of money because you think it would be nice. invest your money instead, just buy the property yourself then bull doze it yourself but you have to wait until #1 the owner puts it up for sale and #2 you win the lottery to buy it.... #3 try to get a permit from the city to do what you want to do with your new property... #4 go bankrupt while you wait #5 the city condemns your property to build a $30 Million homeless shelter with FREE WiFi , FREE Food. showers and big screen TV's and a on site medical pot dispensary ... oh don't that make you feel good....

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  • archieJuly 21, 2014 - 7:54 pm

    strange but entertaining comment Guber

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