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Jan 30, 2014 11:03 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Vacant property attracts vandals

TUCSON - Some people on the Northwest Side are upset about a vacant lot that attracts graffiti.

For years, taggers have vandalized a property on the southwest corner of Oracle and Orange Grove Roads.

Pima County pays a company called Graffiti Protective Coatings $122,000 a year to clean up public property.

Private property owners are not legally required to clean up after vandals. Transportation officials will send letters to property owners to voluntarily fix the problems. That approach is usually pretty successful, according to Julie Simon with the Pima County Transportation Department.

Chris Diblasi's condo overlooks the lot at Oracle and Orange Grove Roads.

"I'm embarrassed to have family come over," he said. "Come out to the patio? No. I don't want you to see something ugly."

The Pima County Assessor's Office shows Quiktrip bought the land in 2012.

In an email response to this report, a QT representative wrote, "We have plans to develop it at some point, and we will address and clean up the graffiti problem."

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