H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Oct 11, 2012 9:08 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Area populated by transients posing a safety concern to law enforcement

An area highly populated with transients is drawing some attention from local law enforcement.

On Thursday, following a structure fire the day before near Tank Farm Rd. and Broad St., the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and the City Police Department said they're concerned about the vacant lot where the fire occurred. The fire department said there was another fire in the same area 36 hours prior to Wednesday's fire.

Both city departments said too many resources are going into the abandoned area. The police department said they've received calls for medical issues and fights multiple times over the last few months in the same area.

The public information officer for the SLO Police Department, Capt. Chris Staley, said McBride LLC is listed as the property owners according to county records. He said they are the ones that need to step up to clean up the property.

"Portions of it are fenced off to prevent people from entering, but we've had a number of problems where people have gone through the fencing. We've had issues out there with medical calls for service, calls for fights, and also the recent fires that have occurred there," said Staley.

The City's Community Development Department said it's been actively investigating the property, and the owners have broken multiple codes. It plans on meeting with the property owners on Friday.

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