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Fighting to fix eyesore with help from the city

Haddad said citations would be issued to property owners as a last resort. “If they are responsive and want to come into compliance, we will work with them,” she said. Some absentee owners may be unaware of blighted conditions on their properties. “They aren’t made aware of it till we let them know,” said Curtis Williams, the community preservation officer who oversees field inspectors. He said renters on Hot Springs might not have noticed the wall, which backs the east side of their homes. The Neighborhood Re-investment zone, which contains about 4,400 parcels, targets areas in Canyon Country and the redevelopment area in Newhall. Half of these properties could have some type of code violations. In 2004, the area’s property owners nixed a ballot measure that asked them to pay for ongoing maintenance of medians that would have been landscaped by the city. Residents who would like more information about the program may call the city at (661) 255-4972. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Instead of a piecemeal solution that would hold individual property owners liable for repairing their small sections of wall, a collective solution is possible. “It is on our radar, it’s something we will address as part of the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program,” said Tina Haddad, a management analyst for the city of Santa Clarita. The pilot program is designed to help property owners fix up rundown properties. City staff members offer their expertise free of charge and may help low- to moderate-income residents tap into funds to pay for repairs. In order to achieve a uniform repair on the wall Pittman describes, community preservation officers could meet with the entire row of occupants. Homes on Hot Springs Avenue – parallel to Whites Canyon where it is bisected by Ashboro Drive and Steinway Street – would fall into the designated zone for the program. Some residents own their homes, while others rent. CANYON COUNTRY – For nearly three decades, Judy Pittman has tried to avoid the sight of the “Swiss cheese” block walls on Whites Canyon Road. “It looks like the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place here,” she said. “It looks like urban blight, like nobody cares.” Further down the rolling ribbon of road, where the name changes to Plum Canyon Road, picturesque housing developments with names like Sienna Hills, Montage and Mariposa dot the hills. Before that area was built up, fewer people frequented the older neighborhood. The pockmarked retaining walls that line Canyon Country’s gateway could be on the road to recovery if a new city program takes hold.

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