Neighbors upset over Springfield home being used as dumpsite

Hampden County

For years the backyard of a vacant Springfield home has been used as a dumpsite.

Neighbors showed 22News what they’ve had to put up for years. Abandoned furniture, tires creating conditions no one wants to live near on White Street in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood.

Neighbors also provided photos of the conditions.

One next door neighbor said he’s contended with this blight for several years.

“It makes the whole neighborhood, clean up that’s all,” said Johnny Santamaria.

But he may not have to look at the junk-filled backyard much longer. We’re told that for the first time in years the property has a new owner.

Juan Rodriguez of Springfield told 22News, he’s been hired by the new owner to clean up the backyard mess.

“I want to talk to the owner,” said Rodriguez. “Put up a fence, a fence on the front, on their side too.”

He expects the clean up to be completed by early next week. Hopefully, a fence will prevent any further dumping on the property. 

Springfield’s Deputy Code Enforcement Director David Cotter told 22News before 22News contacted him Friday, code enforcement had no knowledge of the backyard blight on White Street.

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