SANTA FE (KRQE) - Neighbors say a state-owned building in the middle of a booming, upscale Santa Fe neighborhood has turned into an eyesore again.
The state said last year this wouldn’t happen, but neighbors say nothing's happened since.
Santa Fe's Railyard district is coming back to life, but in the heart of it sits the state-owned John Halpin Building that stands out for all the wrong reasons.
"The weeds are back the trash is back the stucco continues to peel and it just is looking so run down,” said Candelora Versace who owns a jewelry store across the street from the building.
She says she was calling 911 regularly.
"We have transients urinating on the building, junkies passing out on the loading dock over here,” she said. “It’s like the state has forgotten this building right here. That, more than anything – it’s just so ironic that it’s just sitting there being left to disintegrate."
Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Cultural Affairs Michael Scoot Delello says the state has not forgotten about the building.
“It’s a budget issue,” he said. “It’s an allocation of resources, but it’s an important structure and we want to be a good neighbor."
The state did order a study to see if the building is structurally sound.
The study shows it needs a new roof and HVAC system. Both things take priority over any cosmetic fixes. In the meantime, the state is asking neighbors to be patient.
At this point, no one works in the building. The state is using it for storage.
"We're reallocating resources. We're doing the best we can on a limited budget, but I think they're going to see some major changes this year and be pleased," Delello said, adding the building will get a dumpster next week so the city can start taking care of the trash and weeds.
Versace would like to see them re-stucco and paint as well.
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