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Brookhaven tears down vacant Rocky Point home

Brookhaven Town Hall is pictured in an undated

Brookhaven Town Hall is pictured in an undated photo. Photo Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis

A vacant Rocky Point home, which has been the source of several complaints in the past several years, has been torn down.

The Monroe Street house was demolished last week under Chapter 73 of town code which provides a “fast track” to rid neighborhoods of unsafe structures.

“Nearly every community in Brookhaven Town has been hit by the increase of vacant, neglected houses. Unfortunately, many of them are run down and not secure from animals and squatters,” Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said in a statement. “We will continue to clean up properties like this.”

The property will be cleared of debris and graded. Town officials will place a lien on the home to recoup the demolition costs and debris removal. In the meantime, Suffolk County will reimburse Brookhaven and eventually collect the owed money from the property owner.

“This house was a dangerous eyesore... and for a long time it had a detrimental effect on the quality of life and property values in the neighborhood,” Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner said in a statement.

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