A long-abandoned house on Baldwin Road in Sound Beach was finally demolished on December 14 after years of complaints by local residents and numerous Brookhaven Town code violations were issued.
“I commend our Law Department for their efforts to remove this zombie house, and many more in the Town of Brookhaven, making our community a better place for the residents who take pride in their homes,” said Councilwoman Jane Bonner, who was on hand for the destruction of the home that day.
Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner (left) and Town of Brookhaven Senior Building Inspector, Robert Incagliato (right) at the site of a zombie home slated for demolition. Photo: Town of Brookhaven.
The home was taken down under a code in Brookhaven Town that allows it to “fast track” the process to rid neighborhoods of unsafe structures, according to a statement released by the town.
The cost of demolition and debris removal is the responsibility of the property owner, and the Town places a lien on the property that is then placed on the tax bill. The County reimburses the Town and then they collect the money from the property owner.
To report a zombie house in Brookhaven Town, go to the Town website or call 631-451-TOWN (8696).