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This house is in deplorable condition and there is a large accumulation of vehicles and neglect of property.
I am a neighbor to this house. The owner is struggling financially (obviously) but is making in-roads (slowly, very slowly) to repair the eyesore that is his home,- yes he lives on-site. The house we all see barely standing before us is the remnant of a much larger home that burned down many years ago. Hence, there are massive burn holes in the walls and the structure is severely compromised. And as work is done, he discovers more devastation which increases the cost and complexity of a proper renovation. Personally, I would knock it down and rebuild something that would fit the neighborhoods historic character... but hey, that's me.
I am certainly not making excuses for my neighbor, but just sharing the little but of info that I have on the situation. I have thought about organizing an old fashion barn-raising party... or in this case a siding-party. While we are at it, a fencing-party would not hurt either!
You seem to know A LOT about this home owner. Have you tried speaking directly to him about the obvious issues at hand?
My husband and I get the impression that he just is not as interested in keeping things nice around here as we are.... but for some reason I have some compassion for a single dad.
How do you know he makes good money? He was telling me recently that "thank god for snow plowing in the winter or he would never be able to make it".
Please don't think I condone this deplorable eyesore. There are ways to improve your lot if you are motivated to do so. We all know that.
What should we do? I am stymied. I don't want to start a war. Perhaps if we ALL communicated our desire to see him respect himself and his home more, he would realize that he needs to step up. What do you think?:)
Oops:) My bad! Since so many people are concerned with the Urban Blight on this corner and I happen to live very close by, I thought folks might be interested in some insight. My error.
I can tell you are very upset by the situation. I recommend that you speak directly with the homeowner about your concerns. If enough people do that, perhaps he will get the message. Hopefully!!
!!!Lets keep it positive!!!
Dear Neighbor to this house,
Please ring doorbell, if applicable, and tell your neighbor to pick up his trash and pour a driveway.
Unemployed and Clean Yard.
I tell him EVERY TIME I see him about ways to improve his lot, solid, low-cost suggestions I offer REGULARLY .... forgive me for not wanting to start a fight with my neighbor by being belligerent with him about his sense of tidiness, or lack there of:)
I will let him know that people are "starting to talk" which will be the understatement of the decade.... and see what his plans are for his trash pile and driveway.
I am not opposed to a gravel driveway, the less impervious surface there is -the better in my opinion... but I digress. I will speak to my neighbor (AGAIN )on behalf of those who will not speak with him themselves.
Did anyone call LCI?
Why hasn't LCI responded on this?
They seem to respond when blight issues are posted Downtown.
I saw a few LCI staff people there last week. The yard is a mess and the house looks bad from the street. Has anyone ever been inside?
LCI visited the property and there should be enforecment of blight, zoning, building( they were taking pictures). Call the Neighborhood Specialist for an update at (203) 946.7888.
Don't be afraid to tell the neighbor he's hurting the neigborhood...I tell my neighbor's when an issue exists and offer to help out for our collective good.
You raise a good point, all though lead(Pb) will not cause "brain function shutdown". In children under 6 years old, it causes learning disabilities, it basically makes then slow learners. It has negligible effects on children over 6 and adults, unless the 6 + year old or adult is ingesting VERY large (kilograms) quantities of Pb.
In urban housing where Pb is a problem, the ingestion occurs when young children hang out at the windows and mouth the sills... lead based paint tastes sweet! I know, insane!! But once the youth figures out that the paint is sweet tasting, then they actively seek out chips and places in the apartment to mouth.
I think both kids at 387 Lenox are under 6...but I am not certain. I will ask the home owner.
Also, during a typical purchase and sales inspection, that sort of information is supposed to be disclosed and the presence of Pb paint can stop a sale in its tracks. Thanks for raising this issue:)
I am happy to share my knowledge on this subject.
I used to work in the environmental remediation industry so I have quite a bit of info on this and many other technical environmental issues involving both residential and commercial properties.
Not sure what is the hold up at this point. Things seem to have quieted down in the last week or so. I think the slow down/halt is financial.... I am praying that things turn around very soon for my neighbor.
I was thinking about all the years I have been neighbors with Urban Blight, and after some careful thought, I realized that the owner is actually the best neighbor I have. His house might be a dump, but he is the only one of my neighbors that ever stops to say hello! I can even rely on him to watch my animals and house for me if I ever go away.... he is an excellent person! I wish all my other neighbors with their perfectly clean yards were as community oriented and open to being "neighborly" as urban blight.
LCI hopes to move this in the right direction.
We will post an update soon.
LCI has levied a $100 dollar a day anti blight fine against this property which is incurring daily. The property is indeed foreclosed on and is owned by Mellon Bank in New York. Please contact the bank with concerns. Ironically under the contact form they have a section called "Social Responsibility". They are not moving in selling because they are refusing to pay the astronomical fines levied by the city.
Doesn't the alderperson live next door to this dump?
Can't she do anything do fix this, this has been live this for 5 years+
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