A blighted property in Selden was demolished by the Town of Brookhaven recently after receiving numerous complaints from residents. The dilapidated storefront at 23 North Evergreen Drive had been vacant for years and was also subject to a number of building code violations.
According to a statement from the town, the building was demolished in accordance with a town code that provides a “fast track” to rid the community of unsafe structures. The town puts a lien on the property to recover the cost of the demolition that is then put on the owner’s tax bill. Suffolk County reimburses the town and then they collect the money from the property owner.
Town Councilman Kevin LaValle noted the positive impact it has on the community including property values and the quality of life in the neighborhood.
“A blight is finally gone, and I will continue to work closely with our law department to identify and remove similar structures to make the 3rd Council District a better place to live and do business,” he said.