Where Are the Eyesores in the Five Towns?

Tell us where the poorly maintained buildings are and find out what you can do about them.

Nobody appreciates an ill-managed and dilapidated home or building in their community.

The Five Towns had one such home in , which was finally knocked down.

Contacting the Town of Hempstead Department of Buildings is one way residents can take care of those "eyesores."

Hempstead Town code states that homes fit for condemnation will be determined so by the manager of the town's building department, which is "responsible for performing all inspection and enforcement activities with relation to all laws, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations within the general administration of the department."

The following reasons are given by the town for potential condemnation under its housing and rehabilitation code:

  1. One which is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, insanitary, unsafe or vermin-infested that it creates a serious hazard to the health or safety of the occupants or of the public.
  2. One which lacks illumination, ventilation or sanitation facilities adequate to protect the health or safety of the occupants or of the public as prescribed by the provisions of this code.
  3. One which because of its general condition or location is insanitary or otherwise dangerous to the health or safety of the occupants or of the public.

For questions or concerns regarding the town's code, residents can call the building department at (516) 538-8500.

Local villages have similar codes.

Do you have any building or homes in your community that are eyesores? If so, tell us where in the comment section below.

Johnboyjones August 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Two vacant commercial buildings, each with several storefronts, on a lot next to the Long Island Rail Road's Gibson Station in Valley Stream. These storefronts are owned by a Dr. Leonard Bleicher of Hewlett Harbor. His buildings are in clear violation of Village code and several articles have been written regarding the unsafe condition of the property. The windows are boarded up and the parking lot has caved in. The buildings are frequently vandalized, including fires being set inside of them. The owner of the building has been made offers by interested developers, but he considers the offers too low. On top of being an eyesore, the Village has been forced to spend tax payer money on cutting the weeds and cleaning the property since Dr. Bleicher has often been delinquent in this duty. I know this is not technically the five towns but it is in SD14 and is owned by someone who resides and services the five towns. The property has been like this for over five years and it is a disgrace to the surrounding community which feels powerless. The law firm for Dr. Bleicher is Minerva & D'Agostino, P.C, which ironically happens to be run by the son of the former Mayor of Valley Stream. He has been fined only $1500 over the past four years which is a lot less than it would cost to maintain the property, so he lets it rot. There is an obvious conflict of interest since the law firm that represents Bleicher is connected with the Village.
John C. August 22, 2012 at 01:27 PM
There could have been a beautiful Condo. Building where the stores in VS are located, but the area residents didn't want that. So look at what we ended up with, blight! However the property should be maintained by the owner.
Igwheet August 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Why does an eyesore have to be linmited to a building? Why not areas? Let's start with the dilpidated parking lot on the corner of Franklin Place and Central Avenue. The property is owned by the Woodmere Rehabilitation Center, and looks like it was airlifted from the South Bronx. The asphshalt is uneven and pitted. The sidewalk surrounding it is cracked, uneven, and overgrown with weeds. It's surrounded by a rusted, mangled chainlink fence missing large sections. Let's start demanding the Town and County hold private owners of large plots of land responsible for the upkeep of their property, because when they don't, it lowers the value of ours.
Johnboyjones August 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM
A small group of residents opposed the project five years ago. That has nothing to do with the owner's responsibility to maintain the property. If developing properties was an easy no hassle project that made everyone a ton of money, then everyone would do it. Development and real estate are high risk ventures that should not be undertaken by the inexperienced. Since then, whether through spite or neglect, the property has been left to crumble and has become unsafe. If he is not going to sell it or rent it, he should be responsible for maintaining the property to code, end of story. If something happens to someone on that property the liability spreads far and wide.
Sam Livingston August 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Don't forget about the abandoned gas station on Peninsula Blvd between Branch Blvd. & Oakland Avenue. An eye soar that is in need of being demolished!


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