Friday, September 7, 2012
Auburndale house going to rack and ruin
From the Times Ledger:
An Auburndale block is fuming over a home in foreclosure that has fallen into disrepair and become a neighborhood eyesore.
Residents said the one-family house, at 32-28 Utopia Pkwy., has become an overgrown spectacle that acts as an unauthorized hangout for people who sometimes show up by the van full.
“It is a disgrace. This has been going on for years and years,” said Joan Deleo, who lives near the crumbling residence. “If I tell you about the characters who come in and out of there, you wouldn’t believe it.”
A battered awning covers junk left on the front porch and the front door is stuffed with restaurant menus and advertisements. Bags of trash are piled by the side door.
Until a neighbor recently intervened with his gardening tools, wild growth of weeds out front choked the sidewalk.
According to complaints filed with the city Department of Buildings, the garage door has been unsealed, giving house guests access to the building.