Saturday, May 19, 2007

City has eye on abandoned house

The two-story, one-family home at the corner of 117th Street and 109th Avenue has been abandoned for between five and 10 years, according to neighbors’ accounts. Each of its first-floor windows is boarded up and garbage bags and loose debris litter the fence along the 117th Street property line. The house is tagged with graffiti and the front door is padlocked. Behind the house, a tree has fallen onto the 200-square-foot garage, leaving it on the verge of collapse.

City To Act On Complaints About Abandoned House

As recently as a month ago, 117th Street resident Phil Geraldi saw a homeless man living in the house for several days and he said that the Fire Department has responded to calls of smoke coming from inside on several occasions.

Here is a list of building complaints at 117-01 109th Avenue which have resulted in more than $15,000 in fines thus far.

2 comments:

Julie said...

It's really a shame when you have absentee neighbors who allow their properties to become eyesores.

mazeartist said...

The reason why the corner house is unused is because its likely owner is a developer. This developer hopes to eventually gobble up and demolish the entire block to make way for a Fedders Special.

A similar tactic was used on 99th Street and 63rd Drive in Rego Park.