An ill-managed, dilapidated home or building can be a source of unwanted attention in local communities.
Through our "Empty in" series, Patch has taken a look at some of these blighted properties and asked residents about their potential future use. However, we are sure there's a few more "eyesores" out there that haven't been brought to our attention yet.
Contacting Town of Huntington Building Department and Public Safety Department is one way residents can help take care of blighted properties.
Under Huntington Town Code, Huntington town officials recognize that a blighted property can have a negative impact on surrounding properties, homes or business, and that they have a right to step in and change. In section 156-59 it reads:
It is the intention of the Huntington Town Board to protect the public health, safety and welfare by authorizing the establishment of procedures to identify, abate and eliminate the presence of blight upon properties throughout the Town.
In February, the owners of ton were ordered to correct conditions within 10 days or be billed cleanup costs. This past Tuesday, the Town Board agreed to proceed with legal action .
A blighted property is considered any property that accrues more than 100 points after an inspection by a code enforcement official. Things like unfinished construction, broken windows, and junked vehicles are assigned a point value with the highest point load given for evidence of vermin infestation. You can see the full list here.
Do you have any building or homes in your community that you think meet the criteria on the blighted buildings list? If so, tell us where in the comment section below.