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Abandoned house is a blight on block

Home has been vacant for more than half a decade, neighbors say

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:29 am, Thu Aug 30, 2012.

It has been over six years since anyone has lived at 105-44 90 St., next door neighbor Al DiGiacomo said. In that time, the one-family home just south of Liberty Avenue has deteriorated into a prototype of what a typical Ozone Park home may look like in the first decade after the extinction of humans.

The garden in the front of the house is overgrown, with weeds and wildflowers growing in the front yard. DiGiacomo described the backyard as “a forest.” The house itself is beginning to look decripit. In the backyard, a brick stoop is being swallowed by the overgrowth.

“It has been deteriorating and neglected,” said DiGiacomo, who added he has seen mice and rats running around in the yard. “It’s a safety hazard.”

The home, which sits in the middle of a block of detached one-family houses separated often by just a walkway a couple of feet wide, has become a quality of life issue for DiGiacomo and many of his neighbors. They do not know who owns the house and DiGiacomo said complaints fall on deaf ears.

“I have complained, but have gotten few results,” he said.

DiGiacomo said he knew the previous owner, the last person he believes to have lived in the house. He explained that the previous owner inherited the house from his mother, but he left around 2005. DiGiacomo said the house has been vacant ever since.

City Department of Finance records show the house was sold in April 2006 to Uzi Ovadia, who received the deed to the house from the previous owner. DiGiacomo said he considered purchasing the house at the time, but the price was very high. It sold in 2006 for $450,000.

At first, the house was maintained, but over time, it began to deteriorate quickly. Buildings Department records show a complaint filed in July 2010 to the agency for “open access to public” including unsealed doors and windows and dangerous conditions with debris falling from the roof. That complaint was closed in October 2010 when an inspector said the doors and windows were sealed to DOB regulations and no fines were issued.

DiGiacomo said he and other neighbors have never met the owner of the home. Buildings Department records show the owner is still Ovadia, who has an address in Bellmore, LI but DiGiacomo said he has not seen anyone living in the house since the previous owner left in 2006.

Calls to Ovadia’s general contracting business in Bellmore were not returned.

DiGiacomo said he hopes the Buildings Department or another city agency comes to the house and forces the owner to clean it up or issues fines.

As of Tuesday, no new complaints had been filed with the city concerning the property, nor are there any listed since the July 2010 complaint. .

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