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4 Unsafe Smithtown, Kings Park Homes Could Be Demolished

The town will hold public hearings Tuesday concerning entering the property to take down the unsafe homes.

Four homes in the Town of Smithtown considered hazardous to locals and unlivable could soon be torn down.

The four homes are located at 30 Helen Avenue in Smithtown, 7 Hadley Drive in Smithtown, 77 Main Street in Kings Park and 81 Main Street in Kings Park. The Kings Park properties are commonly referred to as the Hightower Homes.

Smithtown officials will hold three public hearings during Tuesday's regular town board meeting, set for 2 p.m. at Town Hall on West Main Street. The hearings are being held to consider allowing the town to enter the properties "for the purpose of remediating and/or removing the structure."

The four homes were featured on the town's blighted properties list created by town councilmen Robert Creighton, Kevin Malloy and Edward Wehrheim in June 2011.

walter stibble January 08, 2013 at 04:05 AM
That white house was GORGEOUS back in the day......I used to live on Whitney Gate. Too bad a divorce was the reason for this fire.
John K Massaro January 08, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I seriously think the town should hold an auction to sell off any usable building materials out of these homes (especially the two brand-new KP homes) before demolition. Windows, doors, plumbing & heating fixtures, etc. The sale would help with the cost of demolition, promote recycling & maybe help out a few people in need of some inexpensive home improvements. Just a thought...
John K Massaro January 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM
This just in from the KP Civic Association... A KPCA representative was to speak today at a public hearing before this afternoons Smithtown Town Board meeting. The hearing was to decide if the town should raze the unfinished "Hightower Homes" at 77 and 81 Main Street. These structures were not constructed according to town building code and have sat in deplorable condition for years. The property owner is currently incarcerated out of state. Over a year ago, the KPCA wrote a letter to the Smithtown Town Board requesting that these unsafe structures be razed to the ground. Our letter finally spurred action and we were looking forward to having these structures finally demolished. In a phone conversation with Councilman Wehrheim this morning, the KPCA learned that just yesterday someone approached the town stating that they had just purchased the two properties. Good news?
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Kings Park's Hightower homes get reprieve http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/kings-park-s-hightower-homes-get-reprieve-1.4422964 A Carle Place attorney, appearing at a Smithtown Town Board hearing on the unoccupied homes, said he had been awarded ownership of the structures from their previous owner, Frederic Powell, of East Meadow, who is serving a 4-year federal prison term on unrelated fraud charges. Town officials did not challenge Brown's assertions and said they were willing to give him time to resume construction of the houses, which have long been the subject of neighborhood complaints. But they said the houses have suffered so much damage that they likely cannot be repaired. "I would give him a chance to remediate it, though it may be beyond hope," Town Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said.

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