SPOKANE, Wash. -- KREM 2 News learned things may be improving at a lower South Hill gas station some neighbors claimed was a hot spot for drug activity.
Police confirmed the area around the HiCO gas station at 9th and Perry had been a troublesome one. After police emphasis patrols, and with the help of neighborhood businesses, Authorities said the Perry District had seen a drop in crime.
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“We've been here about a year now and ever since we've been here, things keep changing for the better,” said Eli McConnell Perkins, who runs Two Wheel Transit. “More and more businesses [are] coming in.”
Area business owners said the future of the neighborhood took one big step forward when police raided Lonnie’s Auto for drugs back in May.
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Neighbors said that helped, but claimed they were still seeing suspicious activity across the street near the HiCO gas station.
“I think that people hang around here to do a little drug dealing and that kind of thing,” said neighbor Hillary Doyle.
Spokane police said they keep a close eye on the HiCO. Officers responded to the gas station 24 times since the start of the 2013.
Staff at Hico told KREM 2 News they want to help improve the Perry District, and had started strictly enforcing their no loitering policy. Ownership had also poured hundreds of dollars into security around the station.