SPOKANE, Wash. -- Businesses near a mobile home that caught fire Wednesday said crime around the property is not good for the community.
The Management Company said the Wishing Well mobile home park serves an important purpose offering affordable housing, but nearby business leaders said the mobile home park is responsible for a lot of crime in the neighborhood.
Last week, police, fire and other city agencies toured the park and they said changes are needed.
“Having come from the area, we always knew that standards of living at that particular trailer park weren’t particularly up to the standards of the rest of Hillyard,” said John Bogensberger of the Greater Hillyard Business Association.
Business leaders said they are concerned about residents but want to see that property become commercial land. The Greater Hillyard Business Council says the land could be home to a new company and bring in new jobs.
City Leaders say it’s important to see if the property can meet city standards first. The city is working with the Management Company and owner to bring it up to code.
The Greater Hillyard Business Association is hosting the Chief of Police Thursday night at the Northeast Community Center to focus on the mobile home park.