Behind several Trace Crossings neighborhoods sits land owned by USS Real Estate. Part of the land will eventually be developed, but while it sits vacant, it has caused problems for residents.
For several years, residents have complained of trespassers riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes on the undeveloped land. The vehicles not only present a noise issue, but also a safety hazard for both trespassers and residents.
“It’s a liability,” Chestnut Ridge Owner’s Association (CROA) President Greg Williams said. “It’s dangerous.”
Williams and fellow residents have addressed their concerns at several meetings between the City of Hoover, Hoover Police Department, USS, CROA and Trace Crossings Residential Association. The USS has recently been able to hire an off-duty officer to patrol the area for trespassers. Though it has helped the issue, Williams expects trespassers to increase once the weather gets warmer.
“It’s an ongoing issue and the police can only do so much,” Williams said.
Trespassers who are caught at the scene will first receive a warning from the police department. If the trespassers return, police have full authorization to arrest the individual. Trespassers under 18 will be held by police until parents can pick them up.
Williams hopes that these consequences will discourage trespassers from disturbing Chestnut Ridge and surrounding neighborhoods.
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