LOCAL NEWS

Property Owner Calls On City To Fix Issues At Nearby Homeless Camp

Apr 27, 2021, 11:37 PM | Updated: Apr 28, 2021, 8:03 am

One man was killed in a shooting near 900 South and 500 West. (Derek Petersen/KSL TV)...

One man was killed in a shooting near 900 South and 500 West. (Derek Petersen/KSL TV)

(Derek Petersen/KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — After several recent crimes, including a homicide, a property owner called on city and state leaders, as well as police, to take action and close a nearby homeless camp.

Workers in the area of 900 South and 500 West said the camp resurfaced about a month ago after a previous effort to shut it down.

“It is obvious that this camp presents a serious threat, health hazard and safety issues for not only those within the camp but also the upstanding taxpayers like ourselves and our tenants and their customers who do business on the properties near this intersection on a daily basis,” wrote Stacey Beever on behalf of Daniel Posilovich.

Since the time that the camp reappeared, workers said they have observed several recent property crimes they attribute to the presence of the camp, including car thefts.

“A few of my tenants have had vehicles stolen,” said a worker who only wished to be identified as Ross. “My vehicle has been stolen personally.”

Ross said surveillance cameras recently captured a fire started in the area and detectives responded just Monday to a deadly shooting at the camp.

On Tuesday, Ross said he had to call police about a woman who continued to sleep on his business’s property even though he’d asked her to go.

“A lot of the customers don’t want to come down here because they’re not sure on safety issues what’s going to happen,” Ross said. “(That) affects our bottom line and our businesses are here to make money.”

The letter said it hoped state and local entities would be able to “work together and take the necessary action to address the problem and care for these indigent and unfortunate people that require the resources of the city as needed.”

In response to the letter, the city issued a statement Tuesday evening.

“Salt Lake City’s Homeless Engagement and Response Team (HEART) spoke with Ms. Beever on Monday after receiving a copy of the letter which was sent to lawmakers, community leaders, the Salt Lake City Police Department and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office,” the statement read. “It was explained to Ms. Beever that the City is aware of the 900 South/500 West camp and, along with input from community partners and the Salt Lake County Health Department, it will be prioritized for a closure and cleanup in the near future.”

Ross said he hoped someone would take action in a meaningful way, given the same people seem to be showing up at the homeless camp.

“They were just here 60 days ago, the city moved them out and now they’re back again,” Ross said. “It’s the same people over and over and that’s the disheartening part.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Olympian Clayton Yong and many others took part in a 6-mile run along the Jordan River Trail in Sou...

Alex Cabrero

Elite Running Program credited for producing Utah Olympians competing in 2024 Paris Games

Olympian Clayton Young credits his success to an increased emphasis on the running culture in Utah, and a big part of that is to the Elite Run Program.

10 hours ago

Taylorsville police vehicle (KSL TV)...

Mark Jones

Man arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old and running over her brother with a car

A 18-year-old man was taken into custody Saturday by police for an allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl.

11 hours ago

...

Mark Jones

Boy, 16, suffers leg injury after being struck by a boulder near Red Ledges

A 16-year-old boy suffered a serious leg injury after being struck by a boulder on Friday at Red Ledges Picnic Area in Utah County.

13 hours ago

A former Internal Revenue Service employee who lives in Utah was charged in federal court with abus...

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com

Utahn who worked for IRS charged in federal court with trying to steal $2M

A former Internal Revenue Service employee who lives in Utah was charged in federal court with abusing his position to attempt to steal more than $2 million in tax credits.

13 hours ago

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provided an update on the ongoing renovation projec...

Mark Jones

Church provides update on Temple Square construction progress

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday provided an update on the ongoing renovation project at Temple Square.

14 hours ago

The Little Twist wildfire grew to 1,000 acres on Saturday, June 15, 2024,  according to a news rele...

Mark Jones

Little Twist wildfire, southeast of Beaver, is now 1,000 acres in size

The Little Twist wildfire grew to 1,000 acres on Saturday, according to a news release from the Central Utah Fire Interagency.

16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Property Owner Calls On City To Fix Issues At Nearby Homeless Camp