Two dilapidated, abandoned homes were demolished this morning in Bay Shore.
Last May, the Town of Islip greenlighted razing the blighted buildings located at 1265 East 3rd Ave., near Bay Shore Middle School.
In March 2020, the two-story homes were deemed structurally unsafe, allowing the town to move forward with the demolition process.
“It’s been a long road to get to this point, but we do our best as a town to expedite these because it really is such a detriment for the community,” said Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter. “It’s not only a nuisance visually and brings property values down, but these structures become hazardous and other times attracts illegal activity.”
Almost 20 years ago, the private property was originally designated to be a nine-lot subdivision called Island Woods.
In 2009 the project ceased suddenly due to bankruptcy issues, and no other developers stepped forward to finished the project.
“For the community to have to look at this really since 2002, and back to 2009, that’s 12 years, and that’s a long time,” said James O’Connor, an Islip Town councilman. “I think it’s the right thing to do and hopefully something good will come from this, it’s a beautiful piece of property in our beautiful town.”
Carpenter said the town board is committed to ridding of other eyesores and safety concerns in the future.
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