The Auburndale Improvement Association has received many complaints about a group of four two-family homes that were built several years ago at 47th Avenue and 198th Street. They have been vacant since they were built because the owners were unable to secure certificates of occupancy.
Some attempts were made to board up the doors and windows. However, the garage doors on two of the units are open enough so that they are accessible to wanderers, squatters and vandals. Also, the grounds are covered with garbage and litter and this property is a deplorable blight on this fine neighborhood of one and two-family homes.
These problems have been reported by the civic many times to 311, however these problems have not been resolved. The Department of Buildings (DOB) visited the site in November and issued a violation. They came again in December according to the DOB website, and strangely enough, nothing wrong was observed.
Our civic demands that this site be secured and cleaned up. We understand that in instances such as this, the DOB will erect a chain link fence around the open property at owner expense. This must be done to protect adjacent neighbors. Sanitation should also come in to clean up the site with the bill sent to the owners.
First Vice President
Auburndale Improvement Association