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

a woman puts an arm around a taller man...

Debbie Worthen

Family launches foundation in remembrance of loved one who drowned in Puerto Rico

The BK Outreach effort is named after Ben Kerbs, who died while swimming in Puerto Rico.

11 minutes ago

A group of young Filipino girls are excited...

Dan Rascon

Tabernacle Choir arrives in Philippines to continue ‘Hope’ world tour

There was celebration, music and dancing as the Tabernacle Choir on Temple Square arrived in the Philippines to kick of the second segment of its Hope world tour.

27 minutes ago

a pulverized car in a yard...

Pat Reavy, KSL.com

Intoxicated woman in fatal ’22 crash was going 98 mph in 35 mph zone, charges state

A West Valley woman accused of traveling nearly 100 mph in a 35 mph zone while driving impaired has been charged with causing a fatal crash in 2022.

1 hour ago

The mug shots of Ruby Franke and Jodi Hildebrandt obtained by KSL on Feb. 21 2024. It's expected th...

Shelby Lofton

Long-term therapy expected for Ruby Franke, Jodi Hildebrandt’s young victims

After their mother, Ruby Franke, and previous counselor Jodi Hildebrandt were sentenced for aggravated child abuse, it's expected the Franke children will need long-term therapy to heal from the trauma they've endured.

3 hours ago

The Larry H. Miller Company and Miller family unveiled renderings for the Power District, a nearly ...

Lindsay Aerts

Utah Legislature unveils plan to help finance new MLB stadium

Utah's taxpayer funds are intertwined in a new bill proposed to fund a stadium that will help bring a Major League Baseball team to Utah. State leaders think the investment will pay off.

4 hours ago

Show in Smithfield...

Mike Anderson

‘The groundhog was wrong’: Heavy snow, rain mix hits Cache Valley Utah

Rain across much of the Wasatch Front brought a lot of that heavy, slushy snow to the Cache Valley Wednesday.

4 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

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.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

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