Posted: Jul 24, 2014 10:39 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jul 24, 2014 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - People call an abandoned oil change facility an accident waiting to happen.
The shop, off Old Hammond Highway and Millerville Road, is filling up with water and vagrants are taking shelter inside. The building has busted windows and oil-change bays are nearly overflowing with water, oil and trash.
"I'm just concerned it will rise to this point and outside the door and into my backyard," Larry Sanchez said. He lives directly behind the shop.
"Anybody who has any care for the Earth and their kids on this Earth, they should be a little concerned about oil just rising and going out into Baton Rouge and just going all over the place. It's a problem," Justin Ducharme said. He runs a business out of his home next door.
The problem started once the company shut down more than five years ago. Crews came and pumped the slime out several years ago, but over time, the bays have filled back up.
"My main concern is the six or so plus feet of water and oil and trash on the inside, some kid could come by, fall down these stairs and drown and no one really knows what happened," Sanchez said.
Evidence of people taking shelter inside the building is scatter throughout it.
"It's a place they can come, be out of sight, do the bad things they want to do and get on out of here," Neil Ferrari said. He owns a business next door.
But getting the property fixed is not so easy.
It's tied up in tax deeds. WBRZ News 2 found a couple who said they are set to take control of the property once everything is cleared with the people who let the building default. But, those people are difficult to find.
Records at the Secretary of State's office listed the previous company that owned the property as "in-active" and a note showed the state had "taken action."