“Eureka’s Biggest Eyesore….Nope, not the Balloon Tract……I guess I’m not the only one that thinks the old Downtowner Motel……..is the city’s biggest eyesore. Every time I drive by that lot I’m just appalled that it was allowed to deteriorate like that.”
Three and half years later……nothing much has changed with a seemingly pro blight City Council in firm control.
Yesterday Kevin Mckenny and a small crew were observed doing a superficial clean up around his blighted property, formerly The Downtower Motel.
The Bass campaign is moving forward with a new and more serious impetus, now that they have a real competitor in the race. It’s conceivable that the community outrage over her appointment of Kevin Mckenny to the Planning Commission has prompted her to put pressure on him to do something.
Don’t hold your breath neighborhood. As long time observers of slumlord behavior, we can confidently predict a superficial clean up is all you will see. Slumlords only do the minimum they’re forced to do.
The City Council needs to get some courage and use its enforcement power to declare the property a Public Nuisance. This is what they did with Floyd Squires, a slumlord with no political clout.
Until they start fining Mckenny every day he leaves the property in its blighted condition, nothing will change.