Thursday, December 29, 2011
Padlock Unit may visit dilapidated house
From the Daily News:
A Middle Village homeowner has drawn the ire of residents and the attention of city officials for collecting numerous violations and creating a blight in the area.
The owner of a ramshackle two-story house at 58-22 84th St. has nine unresolved building code violations in the past decade and $25,500 in unpaid fines, according to building records.
The property owner, Ganesh Arora, has been “repeatedly ignoring requests to bring the property into compliance,” said Ryan Fitzgibbon, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Buildings.
“The property has been referred to our Padlock unit which is investigating whether the property is a public nuisance,” Fitzgibbon said.
During previous visits by the agency, inspectors have found illegally cut sidewalks, junked commercial vehicles and a gutter drain that spills directly onto the street, records show.
The Padlock Unit will make several visits to the sites at different times and days of the week to determine whether the home will be forcibly shuttered, officials said.
“Based on what the unit finds it will take the appropriate action,” Fitzgibbon said.