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Homeless encampment at site of demolished Loveland home raises concerns for neighbors

Posted at 6:32 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 21:03:37-04

LOVELAND, Colo. -- In a Loveland community, neighbors say they want people camping on the site of a demolished home to move on.

Kimber, who did not wish to be fully identified, said she now lives in fear because of the amount of homeless people who are coming and going from the demolished property.

“This has been an ongoing problem for at least ten years and its gotten worse in about the last five," she said.

The Larimer County Sheriff says the house was demolished in February after a long string of court actions and orders. The owner reportedly failed to mitigate dangerous chemicals and illegal construction.

Twenty-one people were taken off that property the same day.

Kimber said she’d like to see the people living on the property leave, although she knows the owner can still have the right to access the property.

“Well, I’m hoping the owner just decided to sell the property. You know, he can live there, he has the right to be there but he can’t live there as he is living there.”

Peter Muhlenbruck, the owner's son, said his family is being targeted and that in the decades they have lived at the home, there has never been a problem.

“For 27 years we never had a problem with anything going missing or you never locked your door. Now, because we help the homeless, that’s my opinion and probably some profit, maybe they got plans on building things, they want the land here," Muhlenbruck said.

Muhlenbruck did admit there was meth on the property at one point.

The Larimer County Sheriff said the issue is unprecedented and they’ll carry out any actions ordered by the courts.