Islip Town officials and several residents who live along West Lane in Bay Shore gathered this morning to witness the demolition of a decade-long eyesore.
The neglected home located at 41 West Lane in Bay Shore was deemed “structurally unsound” on Nov. 17, 2020, and in January of this year, a resolution to tear it down was unanimously passed by the town board.
“This was where I grew up,” said Islip Town councilman John Cochrane. “I’m watching raccoons coming out of the house and the next-door neighbor complaining about the rats coming into their pool, that was about eight years ago, and it was such a battle to get this — when I leave as a councilman, this will be one of my crowning achievements.”
Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter said the demolition process takes time — this particular one starting back in 2018 — but she said the town will continue to identify other blighted, hazardous properties in the area and try to get rid of them as quickly as they can.
“We finally got here, it’s a long time coming,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “Having to endure something like this in your neighborhood is something no one wants to have.”
Continue to follow greaterbayshore.com for updates on the town’s blighted property razing efforts.
Top: The abandoned 41 West Lane home in Bay Shore being torn down.