This old house is located at 66-26 Gray Street in Middle Village. It was owned by the Tetmeyers, who are said to have farmed the land for generations. Then it just became a 1-family house with a big yard. Last year it was sold to a development company by the heirs of the last Tetmeyer of Middle Village. As it is on a rather large lot, developers were chomping at the bit to get their hands on it. A QC tipster writes:
I've heard they plan to rip the house that barely stands there down to put up, yet another set of 4 (perhaps 5) 2-family "homes". They put down rat poison, numerous basement windows are gone, the doors are not locked and the roof was ripped off. There is a distinct smell of mold coming from the house as you walk by. Not to mention the "hidden" tractor being stored in the bushes on the side of the house. Why is no one doing something about this? I KNOW Como's office has been contacted. As I would have suspected from him... he's done nothing. Probably busy building on his mansion. But, that's another tirade. Apparently, 311 can only take one complaint per household. So, that leaves us where? When will something be done with the house sure to fall?? It's a mess and no one seems to feel the need to do anything about it.
The interesting thing about it is that there is supposedly a small graveyard in the section just north of the house amidst that green. Several of the neighbors have seen the headstones which they say mysteriously disappeared just before the property was sold...
So far, there's a violation for failure to maintain and another for unsafe building.
There's also a demo permit on file, although request for mechanical demo has been denied.
Goodbye, green space. Hello, crappy houses. Ironically, this is in the part of Middle Village that has already been downzoned.