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Disgusting Development In Pacific Beach Mini-Dorm Controversy

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Neighbors say it's disgusting and it smells. There are new complaints about construction going on in Pacific Beach. Neighbors are worried it's a mini-dorm, and now they're concerned about a mysterious fluid that's flowing around the house.

Work continues on 1372 Opal Street, a home design that neighbors say is confusing. Those neighbors who have taken a peek inside say it has five bedrooms, four baths and individual fireplaces for each room, and their concern over a mini-dorm or vacation rental property keeps rising as the completion date gets closer.

"You can tell this is really residential families. I don't like the thought of that at all," a resident said.

But now a new controversial issue has floated to the surface. Video obtained exclusively by News 8 shows liquid pouring from a pipe connected to a trailer parked on the back side of the home. Neighbors say construction workers live in it at night.

Today San Diego Police and a wastewater collection pumper truck arrived on the scene.

"If it came out of the motor home itself, even if it's just clear water and if goes through the piping for the sewer, it's considered sewer regardless if its clear or not," Wastewater Collections Division employee Jose Oropeza said.

The liquid from the trailer went into a ditch line dug out along the east side of the garage. Covered in sawdust since Tuesday when the video was shot, sanitation crews put industrial strength chemicals on it to lessen the smell until code compliance inspectors could arrive.

Though no official sample was taken, the plumbing inspector dug through the ditch and with his stick, fingers and a certified plumber's nose, gave us an answer.

"It is not sewer," he said.

In response, Robert Vacchi of code compliance sent this response:

"No raw sewage was observed on the site, the liquid draining from the trailer was grey water from the shower tank. Such drainage constitutes a violation if it does not drain into an approved system."

The code compliance office says they will write the owner up for non-compliance and will continue to monitor the situation.

News 8 called the owner of the property to get his response and he refused to talk.

The last time we spoke to him, he said he wasn't building a mini-dorm. However, according to a neighbor the owner's son told him they were building a vacation rental.

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