Monday, May 30, 2016
Neighbor of state-owned zombie property gets vacate order
From CBS 2:
A Staten Island family was ordered to stay off their own property and even threatened with jail time all because of a problem at their neighbor’s home.
“I cannot use my grill. I cannot touch anything back here,” homeowner Keri Mullin told CBS2’s Brian Conybeare.
That includes her swimming pool on Moreland Street in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island. The ban is all because a neighboring house damaged nearly four years ago by Superstorm Sandy was abandoned and is in danger of collapsing onto Mullin’s property.
“I have a vacate order and buildings department violation on my door and I am being threatened with a $5,000 fine if I use my yard at all,” Mullin said. “My own backyard!”
The city Department of Buildings issued a violation on the zombie home at 1178 Mason Avenue on Friday. The chimney is precariously tilting and its roof is in danger of collapsing.
“Now I’m back to that point where the storm is affecting me because somebody else didn’t take care of their property,” she said.
Neighbors like Thea Friscia said they have been trying to get the former owner or the city to do something about the rat and mold infested home for years.