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Huntington Resident Praises Town’s Home Blight List

Town Has Cited 102 Homeowners Since Law Took Effect In 2011
Rebuilt house on Forest Court in Huntington (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Rebuilt house on Forest Court in Huntington (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A law in the town of Huntington on Long Island has been helping to get homes that are eyesores out of neighborhoods.

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported, homes on Forest Court in the Halesite neighborhood are large and sit on clean properties.

But neighbors said that for 10 years, a home undergoing a renovation project sat unfinished because of financial issues.

The home was left with boarded up windows and didn’t have siding, residents told Hall.

“When the renovation came, it just became this real horrible monstrosity. Everyone who saw said, ‘what’s going on there?’” the man who lives next door told Hall.

Under the town’s 2011 law that targets blight, the property was rebuilt and is now on the market.

“We’re very happy and if we find a new good neighbor, I think it would be great,” the man told Hall.

The town has cited 102 homeowners and has collected nearly $40,000 in fines so far. Huntington has spent more than $72,000 restoring dilapidated properties.

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