Friday, August 5, 2016
Another zombie house in Flushing
From the Queens Chronicle:
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and homeowners are calling for an abandoned house at 25-18 163 St. in Flushing that has not been used for 13 years to be maintained.
“Once again I’m standing in front of an abandoned property here in what is a very nice quiet residential neighborhood,” said Avella, who recently urged the city to remove two dangerous cars from an abandoned property in Fresh Meadows. “As you can see from behind me, the property is overgrown, the building itself is in terrible condition and we believe one of the banks that has a mortgage on the property may be responsible for putting a tarp over the roof to prevent further deterioration.”
A car at the property, the senator added, has not been registered in 12 years and has dirt and weeds growing inside of it.
There are two mortgages for the home, both of which are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the senator, at least one of the loans was part of a package of bad loans related to a scheme to defraud investors involved in a State of Virginia pension plan. Because the people behind the second mortgage are in jail, the senator said, he could not contact them.