ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Many people know of a neighborhood nuisance cars stuffed on the driveway, but this one caught the attention of city code investigators.
The Safe City Strike Force quickly moved in to check the property. There, they say they found the owners operating an automotive repair shop at the home that is zoned residential.
"It's like looking at a junkyard right now, and everybody's property value here is going down," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified.
The Safe City Strike Force came to the house last week after neighbors complained about the large amount of vehicles parked in the driveway. They found 16-year-old Robert Gibson doing work on cars in the driveway.
"For this neighborhood, probably for a square mile, it's the worst looking property," Strike Force Director Joe Martinez said.
Martinez cited the teen for a nuisance violation. He also cited the homeowner, Robert Gibson Sr.
Photos show the influx of vehicles at the Taylor Ranch house over time. Six vehicles were parked at the house on July 3 with a different bunch of cars were there two days later.
And Google Satellite images show cares piled in the driveway for years.
But this isn't just an eyesore. There's also an environmental issue. Grease and oil spots dot the yard, driveway and street.
"Environmentally, it's a disaster here," a neighbor said.
The city ordered the Gibsons to clean it up. And on Wednesday a group of teens including the younger Gibson was spotted scrubbing down the driveway. The stains, however, are still there.
The younger Gibson didn't appreciate News 13 asking about the car situation.
"None of your guys' (expletive) business," he said. "We got this taken care of."
Gibson said he's still working on cleaning up the oil spills and grease. Then he got quite upset and started yelling.
"I don't mind the city getting involved," he said. "What I do mind is my (expletive) neighbors bothering me all the damn time and them calling on me. Thank you."
The New Mexico Environment Department says there's not enough contamination for the agency to get involved.
The Safe City Strike Force says the Gibsons must stop fixing cars at the house or they could face a $5,000 fine and 90 days in jail. They told the city he'd stop.
Martinez says if the Gibson's don't comply, then the Strike Force will get a judge to force them to stop.
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