Neighbors want debris outside home in Coronado neighborhood cleaned up

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Update: Michael Anderson with the Coronado Neighborhood Association said the debris was removed Friday. He said he noticed the pile was gone, called the City of Phoenix, and they said they sent out Public Works employees with a dumpster. 

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A house in central Phoenix has become a dumping ground for furniture and trash. Neighbors are upset that the mess likely won't be cleaned up before they host a historic home tour in a couple of weeks. 

"It smells like death, death and feces," said Meredith Lee. "It is a pile of disgust, it's deplorable."

Lee said she has to look at this every time drives down her street near Thomas Road and 16th Street in the Coronado Neighborhood.

"Things like this really take down the whole neighborhood, this is a major entry point for Coronado," Lee said.

The homeowner, Brian Leonard, was arrested on animal cruelty charges last month. According to the police report, officers found several animals without food or water, and a deceased dog in a kennel. Lee said after that, she saw people carry items from inside and dump them outside. 

"It's hazardous and thousands of people are going to be coming in our neighborhood in less than two weeks," Lee said.

"It looks like someone took a house, turned it upside down and threw it on the curb," said Michael Anderson, the president of the Coronado Neighborhood Association

City officials said there is an open case and that Leonard has a related court hearing on Feb. 22, but that means the mess likely won't be cleaned up before their big home tour Feb. 26. 

"It seems to me there's an opportunity to fix a problem," Anderson said. "I understand the circumstances are unusual, but I have to imagine it's happened before. So, in cases like this, it would be nice if there was a contingency plan."

Leonard was released after his arrest, but no one answered the door when we knocked. We did see a notice for that court hearing hanging on the door. .  

The city said there is an open case prior to his arrest for blight, dated back to December. 

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