Avella, neighbors lament abandoned house 1

The house seen, located at 50-19 175 Place in Fresh Meadows, has been abandoned for more than 10 years, according to those who live near it.

No, it’s not a mausoleum.

The house seen above, located at 50-19 175 Place in Fresh Meadows, has been abandoned for more than 10 years, according to those who live near it.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood outside the house last Friday and said the site is at least “much better” than it was when he first heard about it, adding that it had overgrown weeds in the front and backyards.

“There’s a shack back there,” Avella said. “You couldn’t even see that before.”

He wasn’t sure which city agency cleaned up the house, but said more work needs to be done to remove the blight from the community.

According to Avella, the registered homeowner has been dead for more than 10 years and her son is nowhere to be found.

A FedEx envelope with what appears to be the son’s phone number was found in plain sight outside the home on Friday.

When it was dialed, a message said that number was not accepting calls at this time.

— Anthony O’Reilly

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