Albuquerque Metropolis repairs fence line on home
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – It’s not just a children’s book now. A southeast neighborhood of Albuquerque has its own version of Where the Sidewalk Ends. The backyard fence of a house has been extended enough to completely cover the sidewalk.
“There’s a little wooden picket fence around this area,” said Rick De Reyes of the Albuquerque City Planning and Zoning Bureau. “It’s been around for a while.”
Recently, neighbors sought help around town, complaining that the house’s fence – from Carlisle Place and Hermosa – extends to the street, blocking the walkway north and south of the back yard. The hook, the fence, has been there for years.
“In all of this time, it seems that the couple who owned this house have never complained,” De Reyes said. “I guess someone moved into the neighborhood and noticed the city and called.”
How long it has been there nobody seems to know, not even the city. Google Maps shows the current fence line in 2014. However, in 2011 and 2007 there was only one cement wall still blocking the sidewalk. Commenting on the 311 complaint, a neighbor said he has seen it since they moved to the neighborhood in 1998. Now the city is stepping in to clear up the situation and clean up the sidewalk.
“Code Enforcement was looking at that,” said De Reyes. “It turns out that the couple who own this house are very old and have a steady income, but they want to correct the situation.”
City workers say they want to find a solution instead of creating more problems for the elderly couple. The city says they will help make the changes and bring the neighborhood area up to ADA compliance.
“You’ve agreed to work with the city is that the urban development team has agreed to rebuild the sidewalk,” said De Reyes. “Code Enforcement went out there and looked at it and it’s actually on the sidewalk. But one of the things they noticed is that there is no sidewalk where the sidewalk should be. Some things are being done to improve the situation and there are some mitigating circumstances. “
The city says a tree will also have to come out to reset the bizarre fence, but will work with the homeowners to fix it soon. KRQE News 13 tried to contact the homeowners to see how long the fence had been in place but got no response. The city says the fence and sidewalk will be repaired over the next few months.