(KMOV) -- Granite City Police say the former Jesus Christ Holy Temple on Charles Street has been shut down for eight years and is unsafe.
Locals have been complaining about the abandoned property and say it is a haven for drug activity.
“It’s the only place in the neighborhood that they can go and hide out,”said George Thomas, a resident of the area. “They go in there, do drugs, homeless people go sleep.”
Starting Friday, police are planning on arresting anyone caught inside the building.
Authorities are also asking for the help of the community by contacting them if they hear or see anything suspicious.