The Patchogue Village board of trustees adjourned a public hearing to discuss knocking down an abandoned home on Maple Avenue at the behest of the attorney representing the property.
Board members unanimously approved the postponement to Oct. 13, the third since July, at Monday night's meeting.
"We prefer they come to a resolution to review the house," village Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger said after the meeting. "If it's not going to be safe, then we want to tear it down."See alsoLI battling 'zombie house' epidemicSee alsoMatt Davies' zombie homes cartoon
Village trustee Joseph Keyes agreed, adding the village prefers to have the home renovated as a livable space.
"We're glad to extend the extension because they may come back with a plan to restore the house; that's a good idea," he said. "But if it gets to the point of too much blight or unsafe conditions for local residents then we need to knock it down."
Attorney William Bode, representing HSBC Bank National, requested the adjournment to allow the bank additional time to determine if the blighted structure can be brought up to village code.
He said the homeowner has walked away from the home and that the bank is in the process of foreclosing on it.
"I understand it's been deemed unsafe, unfortunately, I don't have word from my clients that they've reached a decision on this," said Bode, an attorney with Westchester-based Leopold & Associates. "I want to reiterate that our clients are reviewing the best way to move forward."
Village officials said they are willing to provide that opportunity, but time is running out.
"If they don't come up with a plan, we're going to have to move forward," Keyes said.