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Spokane sees people camped outside downtown Macy's

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A viewer sent us a picture that shows more than half a dozen people sleeping outside of the old downtown Spokane Macy's store.  The viewer's worried it's going to be a new hangout for homeless people.

Some downtown businesses told KHQ that they've seen people sleeping in the area since Friday.

KHQ  got a hold of the president, Mark Richard from the Downtown Spokane Partnership and surprisingly, he had already received the picture.

Richard sent in a team to find out what's going on. He says whenever a building looks like it's empty, "They think nobody is going to try and bother them," there may be a group camping out.

But the group from Monday morning?  "We don't expect this to be an issue in terms of ongoing," said Richard.  He says it's because, "They packed their gear up, packed up their garbage and left. Did not recognize them," said Richard.

They looked like they were from out of town. Even still, after Monday, Richard wants to amp up security. "The idea is to have interesting art, you're attracting people, I am coming here for a positive purpose," said Richard.

He's trying to make the area stand out.

A spokesperson for the city of Spokane says it's the first time they've heard of the situation outside Macy's but now they are investigating.  

The city added they invest more than $13 million annually fighting homelessness.

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