Growing problem at West Ridge Mall finally cut back

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A growing problem surrounding the West Ridge Mall has finally been cut back.

For weeks people have complained about the problem of uncut grass.

Eventually, it got to the point where city code compliance considered getting involved.

But it's more complicated than just asking West Ridge to hire a mower - since the building's owners don't technically own the land in question.

The mall's former owner - Washington Prime Group - still owns the land on the outskirts of the mall property, and is responsible for its upkeep.

Topeka code compliance is responsible for monitoring maintenance of properties.

Topeka City Manager Brent Trout says if property owners let lawn go unmowed for too long - city crews would cut the grass and send the owner a bill.

With large lawns like the ones at West Ridge - that bill can be pricey.

This situation never came to that - Washington Prime Group hired a private lawn care service to take care of the property.

However, they will have to pay the city some small fees associated with not mowing the grass within a certain timeline.

13 NEWS reached out to Washington Prime Group to see if this was a one-time effort to avoid the city bill, or if they now have an ongoing plan to keep this area mowed.

Washington Prime Group has not yet responded.