ROSEBURG, Ore. - The abandoned Safeway building on 480 SE Rose St. in downtown Roseburg has been abandoned for nearly 15 years now, and both community members and police agree that it's a problem.
The empty building has attracted a decent amount of the city's homeless population. They will often break into the building, sleep there, and even start fires to keep warm.
On Thursday night, October 26, both Roseburg Police and Fire were called due to a fire burning in the building.
Police said they keep extra patrol near the building because they expect it to cause issues. They said best case scenario for them is that the building is developed into something functional soon.
Local businesses have also had enough of the empty building.
KEZI spoke to several businesses near the old Safeway building. Many of them said the increased homeless population has brought an increase in trash in the area and some of those people spending time near their businesses.
One owner, Amrik Rei, owner of the Rodeway Inn & Suites said he has a lot of trouble with them. He actively makes sure to keep them away from his business.
”And sometimes they make trouble for me too and they knock on my guests doors.”
The City of Roseburg said the building is owned privately by several people in San Jose, California.
As of right now there are no plans in the works to change the building or solve these problems.