Statement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio on the Fire at the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course ClubhouseStatement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio on the Fire at the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse<div class="ExternalClass6F411C0178D7466E80E6963E3FABDBDD"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>"It's unfortunate that the Lakes Golf Course building burned down last night. Many of us had great experiences on the course. It was always a signature location for our community.</p><p>The True Life Companies (TTLC), the course owner, had been warned repeatedly that the structure was a hazard. The city's Neighborhood Services Department has issued multiple Notices of Violation for the structure – in October 2015 and again just last Thursday. With the damage from the fire, we'll be issuing our third notice, this one requiring the owner to demolish or rehabilitate the building, in addition to securing and fencing it.<br> <br>For years, the developers have created an environmental disaster in our community in order to extract concessions from neighbors they otherwise would never receive. We have received numerous complaints and have sent inspectors on many occasions to the site.</p><p>This is what happens when bad developers come into a community.<br> <br>I have asked the city manager to look into whether the city can charge True Life Companies for the cost of the extensive work the Fire Department did to respond to this fire. Reimbursing taxpayers for this service is the least they can do."</p><p>Below is a list of open code violations, the number of calls and concerns we have received on this property against the owners of the course:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>There are two current open cases with eight violations with the TTLC Ahwatukee Lakes Investors.Open violations including unsound fence, vegetation, litter/debris, harborage and open/vacant structure.</li><li>Additionally, there were 12 other cases resulting in 15 violations from June 2014 to 2015 that are now closed.                                                                                                               </li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p>(source: Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department)</p></div>2/29/2016 6:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405