I wasn't sure if I would post this one. I've been brewing on it for days.
It started a few weeks ago, I was driving into Tuscany and noticed way too many vehicles parked along Tusslewood Blvd. A few of them had city logos on the side. A few days later a crew was out digging out and working on the electrical box on the block. They were there for a few days. There are often lots of crews around doing maintenance, basement development or renovations on homes, etc but this was all a bit out of place.
A week or two later I was on the City of Calgary website and there was 2A Tusslewood Drive on the grow op list, recently added for 2011. The home was listed for sale just months before with photos and presentation that showed what kind of home it was. Stark difference to the Executive Officer's Order posted on the City website.
I have no idea what happened to this home, or who the owners were or who was involved. I do know there are loads and loads of small children in these outlying suburban communities, particularly in Tuscany. To know that this scale of grow op was amongst them angers many, and sent a couple locals parents I was talking to into quite the tirade.
There have been others in the past. There is a former grow-op up for sale in Tuscany right now that has a public notice.
The worry for most folks are all the ones that don't get caught, the homes that are covered up with a paint job and some new carpet and sold as any other home. How do you find those? There are some things to look for specifically in electrical, repaired holes in foundation walls or basement ceilings (if unfinished) as well as evidence of mould. A good home inspector knows what to look for. A parent I was talking to also had another concern. What if you buy a home like this and some 'not so nice' folks come knocking at 2 am a few weeks/months later not realizing the sale.
How do we stop this? Talk to your neighbours. If you think something is going on call the Police. Review the info below for information on what to look for and the risks involved.