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Jul 11, 2018 10:18 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Abandoned, Run Down Flanders Home To Be Torn Down By Town

In its current condition, the house, which sits at 215 Longneck Boulevard, poses a health and safety risk, according to officials. ELSIE BOSKAMP
Jul 11, 2018 10:28 AM

Relief is finally coming for a group of Flanders residents who have been pushing for the past decade to have a vacant home on Longneck Boulevard—which both community members and town officials agree poses a health and safety hazard for the community—torn down.

On Tuesday, the Southampton Town Board approved a resolution authorizing the demolition of the deteriorating home at 215 Longneck Boulevard and the repair of a collapsing bulkhead in the backyard.

According to both Assistant Town Attorney Richard Harris and Director of Municipal Works Christine Fetten, the property poses a danger to the community and the home has succumbed to the elements, with visible signs of structural failure and animal infestations.

“There’s a lot of deterioration, there’s a lot of evidence from where the roof had failed and brush came into it,” Ms. Fetten explained. “It’s not in a safe condition.”

According to Ms. Fetten, the plan is to disconnect the utilities, which are already turned off, remove the septic system, as required by the Suffolk County Health Department, exterminate any animal infestations, repair the failing bulkhead, demolish the home, and remove any debris.

Now that the board approved the demolition, there will be a 30-day grace period during which bids will be solicited for the extermination of rats, repair of the bulkhead and destruction of the home, before any work is started, Mr. Harris said.

A lien for the amount spent by the town to bring the property into compliance with town code, which could be up to $130,000, as noted by Supervisor Jay Schneiderman, will be put on the property.

At Tuesday’s meeting, some Flanders and Riverside residents proposed selling the property to the owner of an adjacent house who is interested in buying the home. Although a sale could still be organized in the next 30 days between an interested buyer and the current owners of the abandoned home, the town can not help organize a third-party sale.

According to Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association President Ron Fisher, the current owners are unwilling to sell the property.

“It would save us a lot of trouble … but I don’t think that we’re willing to slow down here,” Mr. Schneiderman said.

“It took a decade to get to this point,” Mr. Fisher said. “We need you guys to get it over the finish line.”

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I just hope there will soon be a new, more responsible owner.
By itsamazing (220), Southampton on Jul 11, 18 12:34 PM
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