Friday, February 27, 2009
A blight on Whitestone
From the Queens Courier:
If you are driving up Clintonville Street near St. Luke’s church in Whitestone, one house on the block clearly stands out – and not in a good way.
The boarded up house located at 15-46 Clintonville Street, looks from the outside like a fire recently tore through it, but it has been vacant for the past two years. In addition, the property has also been the subject of numerous Department of Building (DOB) complaints, a hideout for kids and homeless persons and a glorified trash can, and some residents are tired of looking at the blight on their block.
The saga began more than two years ago when Everton McIntyre purchased the property with the intention of renovating the house and living there himself, according to McIntyre’s attorney Darmin Bachu. However, as the economy began its downward spiral, McIntyre’s finances ran thin, and the renovation plans were put on hold.
In the meantime, the property continued to deteriorate, and the garbage continued to pile up at the house, according to neighbors.