ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Could it be the beginning of the end? As of Tuesday, work is finally underway to clean up the city’s number one problem property, dubbed “the pig house.”
Larry Barker first exposed the problem in 2005. Piles of trash inside and out. Today a front loader could be seen scooping up and dumping piles of garbage into the back of a trailer, and it filled up fast.
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After countless attempts to get the owner, John Gallegos, to clean up the property, city councilors voted to demolish the home. While the planning department waits on final court approval, the city has a permanent injunction to clean up the mess.
The cleanup is being done by private company hired by the city. They are being paid $8,000, a lien that will be applied to the property.