Zombie Home in Plainview Demolished


Property stood vacant for over 10 years and had become dilapidated and structurally unsafe.

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Photo: Town of Oyster Bay.

The Town of Oyster Bay has taken down another zombie home, this time in Plainview. After years of complaints by neighbors and failing inspections by  by Town Code Enforcement officers, this home marks the 22nd home that the Town’s Quality of Life Task Force has destroyed since it was formed almost four years ago.


The Plainview property stood vacant and unmaintained for over 10 years, according to a statement released by the Town of Oyster Bay. It had multiple holes in the roof, leaving the interior exposed to the elements and mold existing throughout, with rotting floors and joists. The rear extension of the home collapsed into itself forcing the Town to do a partial demolition.


“Protecting our suburban quality of life is a top priority for the Town Board,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “No community should be forced to deal with unmaintained and dangerous eyesores that serve as havens for swatters, rodents and other such problems.”


Saladino said that taking down eyesores like the one in Plainview will help to make way for new families to move into these neighborhoods.


According to a press release from the Town, a judge granted the Oyster Bay permission to tear down the home citing health and safety concerns. Code Enforcement Officers had repeatedly visited the property due to deplorable conditions and lack of maintenance.