A Selden house that Brookhaven Town authorities said had illegal apartments and squatters has been torn down, officials said.
The boarded-up, two-story house on Adirondack Drive was demolished on June 7 after inspectors found it was unsafe, town officials said. The home had been the subject of numerous complaints from neighbors and had been cited for numerous town code violations, Brookhaven officials said.
In addition to illegal apartments, the home’s owner had been cited for an illegal shed and for failure to maintain the property, officials said. The costs of demolishing the house and removing the debris will be added to the homeowner’s property tax bill, officials said.
“A dilapidated house like this one has a severe impact on the quality of life and property values in the neighborhood,” Town Councilman Kevin LaValle, who represents Selden, said in a statement. “The residents on Adirondack Drive have been waiting a long time for this eyesore to be removed and I thank the town Law, Building and Waste Management departments for their efforts to help clean up this neighborhood.”
The Town Board on June 9 voted unanimously to declare a Ridge home unsafe. The house may be demolished if the premise’s owner does not make repairs, officials said.