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Town demolishes condemned home, property to remain open space on lake's shoreline

Brookhaven Town has demolished a condemned home along the shoreline of scenic Artist Lake in Middle Island that was the source of several community complaints.

Town officials said the former homeowners of the house on Lake Drive were issued many violations related to the condition of the house before Suffolk County seized the property due to unpaid taxes.

It wasn't immediately known what those violations were.

Brookhaven recently acquired the property from the county in order to demolish the home and preserve it as open space. The dilapidated property was torn down on Monday, town officials said. Several residents complained of squatters living in the residence.

"This parcel has long been an eyesore that has negatively impacted the surrounding neighborhood," Councilwoman Connie Kepert said in a statement.

"The land lies along the shores of the environmentally significant Artist Lake and is a valuable open space acquisition," she said.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine thanked the community for coming forward with complaints, which resulted in the town having one less blighted home.

"This property will forever remain as open space to preserve the beauty of Artist Lake and protect its water quality by removing a septic system from its shore," the supervisor said, referring to removing the home's cesspool.

Meanwhile, the town remains focused on knocking down at least a few more abandoned homes in the near future through Romaine's "Dirty Dozen" list.

He created the vacant home list in September, allowing for the demolition of residences under Chapter 73 of the town code, which provides a "fast track" to rid neighborhoods of unsafe structures.

The list included a condemned Shoreham home on Cobblestone Drive that burned down after lightning struck it in July 2013. It was removed last month.

That property owner had been cited for having an illegal basement apartment, not performing adequate property maintenance, and building a deck and shed without a permit, town officials have said.

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