Drug house in North Austin razed by city

On Feb. 18, 2014, 201 West Applegate Drive was demolished based on an order from the Building and Standards Commission. The property was found to be dangerous for occupancy, infested with cockroaches, and has more than 200 reports from Austin Police Department including: cruelty to animals, narcotics, theft, and aggravated assault occurring between 2006 and 2014. (Mark Batchelder/KXAN News)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Neighbors in one North Austin community are thanking the city for tearing down a known drug house on their street.

The Austin Code Compliance Department came out Tuesday to the mobile home on West Applegate Drive with bulldozers. Inside the home the city found an infestation of roaches and deplorable living conditions.

Since 2006 Austin Police have reported more than 200 incidents from 201 W. Applegate Drive including: cruelty to animals, narcotics, theft, and aggravated assault. Code compliance officers say there were as many as 18 people living at the home at once.

The city’s Building and Standards Commission ordered the home to be demolished. The BSC gave the property owners 30 days to remove the mobile home from the property or have it demolished.

“They were responsible for contaminating the water supply in this neighborhood,” said Manual Villegas, with code compliance. “They used a radiator hose and they tied it to the City of Austin side so they could get water.”

Code compliance also says the home was illegally connected to Austin Energy wires to provide free electricity. Neighbors in the community say they are glad to see the home go.

“I don’t know if it was rented out or if they were squatters or whatever, it was they shouldn’t have been there,” said Charles Fruzia, who has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years.

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