Vacant AT&T building is magnet for taggers, transients

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SAN DIEGO — North Park residents and business owners say  a big vacant  building off of El Cajon Boulevard is a neighborhood eyesore with health and safety risks to boot.

AT&T owns the building on Arizona Street, but there are no employees and the parking lot is empty and fenced off. For years it’s been photoa target for taggers and all around there is trash and evidence of transients.

“The homeless people sleep there every night and they leave messes every morning,” said Jake Peterson, owner of a nearby store.

Peterson’s building is right across the alley and said when he gets to work there are often transients on his property.

“I’m not as concerned about the messes they leave on that property — but on my property, either myself or one of my employees has to clean it up.  That’s not what we had in mind when we opened the store,” Peterson said.

The vacant building is for sale.  The hope is a developer will see it as an opportunity to turn a nuisance into a neighborhood gem.

“Apartments or condos up top with mixed businesses on the bottom with restaurants, cafes, boutiques – it’d be something that could really re-charge the boulevard here and bring more development,” said Cuong Nguyen with the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association.

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