NY1 For You: Buildings Department Leaves Vacant Bronx House Unsecured
A dilapidated, abandoned and open house made neighbors in one area of the Bronx turn to NY1 For You for help, but city officials have still not secured the vacant building. NY1's Susan Jhun filed this NY1 For You follow-up report.
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Neighbors say a trash-strewn abandoned house in the Bronx which has sat empty and open for over five years is an unsafe and unsanitary eyesore.
"People going in there all hours of the night. Last week, we had a gentleman arrested. He was jumping over the fence and threatening to start a fire," says neighbor Chad McCabe. "All of these houses have been here since the 1900s, so they're all old construction, they're all wood. And God forbid there's a fire, all our houses are going to be in trouble."
It is a concern that has plagued the neighborhood for years. Two weeks ago, NY1 reported on the residents' dead-end efforts to get the city to clean up and seal the property.
After neighbors called NY1, the station tried to contact the owner of record, Lynwood Acquisitions LLC, but has not heard back.
NY1 then called The Department of Buildings and inspectors were sent to the site.
A DOB spokeswoman then told NY1 the agency inspected the property three times in the last 11 days and inspectors issued three violations to the property for a section of missing fence and for failing to correct previous violations for maintenance of the fence.
When NY1 asked about the sealing of the property, the spokeswoman said DOB inspectors found it was sealed properly. Residents say that statement is absolutely untrue, and their claim was verified by NY1 cameras.
NY1 called DOB again and the station is waiting to hear back. NY1 For You will continue to follow this story.