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Smithtown's Targeted Abandoned Homes [PHOTOS]

The Town of Smithtown released a partial list of blighted, abandoned homes officials will look further into, which could be unsafe for locals.

Patch reported that Town of Smithtown officials said its necessary for Smithtown Building and Public Safety employees to inspect . 

Tuesday, Patch cameras captured images of the homes in question.

In , the town put together a list of 19 properties deemed blighted, a list that has grown to 21. A partial list was recently released of abandoned homes in Smithtown, Nesconset, Kings Park and Commack, that officials will look at. 

Here are the abandoned homes:

  • 77 and 81 West Main St., Kings Park
  • 7 Hadley Drive,  Smithtown
  • 310 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset
  • 436 Edgewood Ave., Smithtown
  • 24 Locust St., Nesconset
  • 1131 Jericho Turnpike, Commack
  • 299 Southern Boulevard, Nesconset

What action do you think the Town of Smithtown should take against the owners of these homes? How do you think having these homes in your neighborhood impacts where you live? 

Kathleen Uhl July 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Such a sin & a shame! I feel sorry for the neighbors if some of these are in residential areas. What about the abandoned house on Brocton in Kings Park? Neighbors say there are racoons & rodents living in there and they've called the Town numerous times about it. I just don't understand if the Town knows about these houses, why they don't take action before it does cause a slew of other issues.
TERESA July 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO LEFT THEIR HOME, WE TRIED DOING A SHORT SALE AND THE BANKS TURNED DOWN ALL OFFERS, 4 YEARS LATER I COULD OF BEEEN STILL IN THE HOUSE IT IS STILL MINE. JUST A WEEK AGO MY NEIGHBOR CAME TO WHERE I LIVE TO TELL ME SOMEONE POSED AS THE OWNER OF MY HOUSE, BROKE AND CHANGED THE LOCK AND RENTED IT OUT PLEASE BE AWARE OF ANY HOUSES IF YOU SEE ANYTHING GOING ON CALL THE POLICE, I GOT THEM OUT, BUT WE NEVER ASKED FOR ANY OF THIS TO HAPPEN TO US THE MORTGAGE BROKERS MADE IT SO EASY NOW EVERYONE IS SUFFERING.
Nesconset Dude July 14, 2012 at 04:17 AM
The reason is the level of legal exposure to the town itself. Smithtown would have to tread lightly on this one, the potential for litigation is enormous. Now, I don't know the full details or criteria upon which the town may act upon a property, and I understand that blighted/abandoned buildings need to be addressed for the general good, but they're walking a fine line on this one. How long before they're repossessing your house for not mowing the lawn frequently enough? I know, it's an extreme example, but is there any set precedent for handling these issues? I'd hate to see town tax dollars wasted on lawsuit after lawsuit from these property owners.
f July 23, 2012 at 06:04 AM
The man who owns the property wanted to sub-divide the property but something happen and has not been touched in years. Shame it was a nice house. We should have a blog on residential and commercial properties that are over grown or abandoned. It could be called Smithtown's eyesore blog .
f August 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
There is very little legality with community health and safety. If your child happen to fall through a dilapidated and unsafe home or business you would want everyone's head. A property owner has the legal duty to keep his / her property safe, clean and in keeping with the neighborhood. When they neglect this duty the local government then has the right to levy charges, fine, remedy problems and keep us safe. It seems that as long as the property tax is paid the local governments hands are tied. This should not be the case. Interesting how one person puts it as "I'd hate to see wasted tax dollars on lawsuits after lawsuits." If the property owners cleaned up and managed their properties there would be no lawsuits. Incredible how they would find money to fuel a lawsuit. Remember WE live here and pay high taxes for it. We should not have to look at this mess.

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