Monday, February 18, 2008
When kooks own landmarks
A Tottenville house that was vandalized by its builder-owner, landmarked by the city and then left to deteriorate over the last three years is about to suffer another indignity -- foreclosure.
Pre-foreclosure proceedings against the house at 7484 Amboy Rd., also known as the Bedell House, have begun, public records show.
Landmarked home to suffer another indignity
Owner John Grossi said last week that he's prepared to let the building "go back to the bank."
"I won't put another dime into the property," Grossi said.
Back in March 2005, he was preparing to raze the house he had just purchased when the city put a hold on his demolition permit, saying it was considering preserving the house through landmarking.
Grossi responded with a spray painting tantrum that left the house covered in neon colors and nasty messages.
The city pushed back by officially landmarking the home.
Hey remember when Joe Crowley told a lady from Queens that she needed an owner's permission in order to get a building landmarked?