Thursday, August 9, 2012
Not exactly the jewel of Whitestone
From CBS 2:
“The mosquitoes here, raccoons, the possums — it’s unbelievable. You gotta watch when you go outside,” Whitestone resident Artie McCrossen told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez.
McCrossen’s home on 6th Avenue is surrounded by the six-acre blight, overwhelmed with towering weeds, poison ivy and endless annoyances. He said his family can’t even enjoy their pool.
“We used to go in all the time — 8, 9 o’clock at night. Now we can’t even — 4 o’clock we’re out of the pool because the mosquitoes come out and it’s horrible,” he said.
The Department of Finance said Whitestone Jewels bought the land for $23 million with plans to build a residential subdivision in 2007, but then dumped the project in its infancy. The Department of Finance also said the property may be in foreclosure.
Joe Marino and other residents in the well-manicured neighborhood said the owner stopped maintaining the grounds about a year ago.