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Graffiti on vacant buildings in the Hill cleaned up thanks to News 4

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The Hill residents say graffiti keeps appearing in there neighborhood and is an eyesore (Credit: KMOV). The Hill residents say graffiti keeps appearing in there neighborhood and is an eyesore (Credit: KMOV).

SOUTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Graffiti on vacant buildings was recently cleaned up thanks to a story done by News 4.

The Hill residents say it has been an eyesore to their community. 

“As I have said before, if someone would show up with five gallons of paint and a roller I would take care of it myself. I don't want to look at it and we take care of our community," said Ryan Callahan, resident in The Hill.

"It is a huge eyesore and what it does especially with Kingshighway shut down, we get a lot of people who don't necessarily belong in the neighborhood," said Callahan.

Callahan says he reported the graffiti on June 2 to the Citizens Service Bureau.

"They told us they would come out and have Operation Brightside out here by June 22 to take care of the graffiti problem," said Callahan.

“What makes this one a little bit unique is that this is a private property. Operation Brightside will do graffiti removal for free. It's a service we offer to citizens, but first we are going to try to get private property owners to take care of their private property,” said Maggie Crane, Communications Director for St. Louis City Hall.

On Thursday, Operation Brightside showed up and cleaned up the graffiti.

Property owner Bob Flynn said when the graffiti is painted over, it pops right back up again. Others say the area is a constant target.

"We are taking down the buildings. The graffiti can come down, but it just comes right back up. People up the street, they just painted their whole building and two days later, graffiti up there again. It's ongoing,” said Flynn.

Graffiti is not the only issue plaguing the property that Flynn said will be torn down for development.

"We've lost probably more than $4 million worth of copper out of the building. The building has been ransacked. We've been trying to keep it going until something gets approved,” said Flynn.

There will be a meeting at the end of June where board members of The Hill will meet with developers to figure out what to do with the property.

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