MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Motel manager G.G. Patel isn't used to seeing a cleaned up parking lot at the old furniture store next door.
"Right now it looks good...ya know? Clean...not what it was before," he says.
Just days ago Patel looked over the fence separating his motel from the abandoned Heilig Meyers store on South Boulevard and all he saw was trash.
"In the nighttime is when the bad activity is here like that and too much trash," he says
It's a place Private Investigator John White says, "looked like the city landfill."
White is an investigator for a truck stop down the street. He told WSFA 12 News what was going on behind the walls of the old store, and outside them.
Trash, drugs, and the homeless--making a home there.
But White's investigation, and now ours, are getting some results.
The city's sanitation department came out early the next morning. And now the mess is gone.
"I instructed the guys to come out and and get this cleaned up because it looked really bad," says James Burdick with the sanitation department.
Although the outside of the building may look better, it's a different story inside. The inside is filthy with beer bottles, trash, clothes, etc. City leaders say that's an issue they want the owner to fix.
"We're going to send him a bill and notify him of the problem he's got here with this property here in Montgomery," says Burdick.
But any clean-up is good for folks like G.G. He just hopes it stays that way.
"I don't see anything here right now. I'm glad, ya know, it will help my business."
City leaders say they're trying to get in touch with the owner of the building.
Until then, the sanitation department says they're watching the area along with local police.