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MAURO PADILLA has hit the TV NEWS and NEWSPAPER MEDIA several times!
SAN ANTONIO - It is the large graffiti, the busted out windows, and the damaged rooftops in a vacant subdivision that first catch your attention while driving along South Highway 16 in South Bexar County. "It's pretty much getting like an eye sore, because of all the graffiti that's going on," said neighbor Linda Sanchez. The tacky-looking subdivision was supposed to be Tundra Village Townhomes. There are 45 undeveloped 4-plexes on the property. They have been sitting vacant for several years. News 4 WOAI first told viewers about property in October 2009. That is when the FBI arrested the builder, Mauro Padilla III, on charges of bank fraud. Padilla's lawyer, Adam Cortez, told News 4 WOAI the contractor's company lost the property in bankruptcy last year. Bexar County engineers say the unfinished area was developed without approved plats, without utility lines and without roads. News 4 WOAI I spoke with a South Texas man named Ruben Cazares, who told us he purchased the property from the bank in November.
Cazares says he's hired an engineering firm to research the property, and he has plans to get the townhome community back on the tax roles. When News 4 WOAI asked Cazares if he had concerns about the vandalism on the site, he told us "no." He says the vandalism is expected when properties sit vacant for so long. Neighbors say they just want to see the area cleaned up. "Hopefully, get somebody to come fix it up and have people move in, instead of leaving it there like an eyesore," said Sanchez. The county engineer says her office will be happy to work with the ultimate property owner on getting the issue resolved and bringing the subdivision into compliance. Workers in the Bexar County Code Compliance office say they have not received any complaints of vandalism at Tundra Village Townhomes.