The rundown residence on Elm Street in the Park Hill neighborhood is a familiar address to police and drunks looking for a place to crash.
Pictures taken by a neighbor less than a month ago show shattered windows, dead rodents, and a lawn that looked more like a junk yard.
"It's just nasty," the neighbor said. "It's not safe. It's not safe for the children in the neighborhood. It's not safe for the businesses in the neighborhood."
Denver police have been called to the home more than 60 times in the last year.
DPD spokesman Sony Jackson says neighbors are complaining mostly about noise, disturbances, and trespassing.
"It's not comfortable for the folks who live around it," Jackson said. "They're taking precautions and they're calling us and we're doing what we can to basically enforce the laws regarding that property."
9Wants to Know found boarded-up windows and a much cleaner front yard Monday afternoon.
Aaron Schiro told 9Wants to Know he and a friend are fixing up the house. The house was full of trash piles, holes in the walls, and broken light fixtures.
Schiro says, as bad as the house looks, it is a significant improvement over how things used to be, when it was a flophouse for neighborhood drunks.
"Drunk people would still come by, because we were all drunk," Schiro said.
Schiro says he's trying to sober up, although he did admit to drinking "a couple of beers" daily.
9Wants to Know saw a box full of empty beer cans in the house and Schiro's breath smelled of alcohol.
"I drank a beer," Schiro said.
Schiro calls himself the godson of homeowner Jerome Rogers, known as "Pops." Rogers took in people with substance abuse problems.
They hung around the house even after Rogers' death, on May 23, at age 89.
When 9Wants to Know asked Schiro where he'd be living if he didn't have the house, Schiro replied "We'd be living nowhere."
9Wants to Know tried reaching Rogers' children but their listed telephone numbers were disconnected.
Schiro says Rogers' children don't have enough money to fix all the code violations that led city inspectors to deem this house uninhabitable.
Denver District 8 City Councilman Albus Brooks says his office has received numerous complaints about rundown houses.
"These problems come up very often in the city of Denver and especially in my district, northeast Denver," Brooks said. "What we're trying to do is work with individuals who are struggling to keep their house up to code."
Each rundown residence has its own story and unique set of problems and often a solution can take months or years.
In the case of 2801 Elm Street, the house is in limbo and the owners don't have enough money to fix it up.
The people who once partied and drank there say they now come during the day to clean it up.
They were supposed to out by 5 p.m. but several neighbors told 9Wants to Know people are still sleeping there overnight.
The council is considering a "Vacant and Derelict" bill which would give the city more power to fine, or even seize property from homeowners who don't comply with building codes.
The neighbor is afraid her neighborhood will continue to be plagued by problems.
"It's costing the taxpayers with no apparent end in sight," she said.
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