From the Queens Gazette:
State Senator Tony Avella and the Auburndale Improvement Association were joined by area residents at a January 31 rally condemning the deplorable conditions of four attached houses in Auburndale that have been abandoned by the property owner for years.
Members of the civic association and neighbors have been contacting Avella regarding this property since before he took office in 2011. According to residents, these properties have been abandoned for more than seven years and continue to be an eyesore and health hazard for the community. After visiting the site, Avella found the buildings to be in an extremely hazardous condition, with garages and property below grade, missing garage doors, unlocked doors to individual units, broken or missing windows, and litter strewn throughout the site.
Avella has contacted several city agencies, including the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Sanitation, and Buildings regarding these hazardous conditions. While these agencies have acknowledged these conditions and issued violations, the conditions continue unabated. According to the city Department of Buildings, all four properties have a current unsafe building violation and have amassed numerous violations since 2007 for their failure to comply with building and construction codes. The property owner, Parsons Realty LLC, defaulted on 33 violations, resulting in thousands of dollars in unpaid fines. Unfortunately, the numerous violations have yet to compel the property owner to take corrective measures.
Avella has set up a task force, in conjunction with local civic associations, to address the ever increasing number of chronically vacant abandoned properties and construction sites throughout Queens.