FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2016
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Town Demolishes Vacant Sheridan Street Properties in New Cassel
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North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Council Member Viviana Russell announced that the Town has demolished two longstanding New Cassel structures at 265 Sheridan St. The buildings have been vacant since 2010 and doors and windows have been boarded up for years. The location had been the site of loitering and had been causing a hazardous situation in the neighborhood.
Built in 1905, according to Nassau County records, the larger building on the property had become an unsafe structure. Originally constructed as a barn, at some point it had been converted to 4-6 single-family units. The two structures needed to be torn down for safety concerns, according to Town officials.
“Zombie houses are dangerous eyesores and I am pleased that the Town was able to demolish these adjoining structures,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “It will certainly breathe new life into this area and improve the quality of life.”
"The Town has the authority to demolish this structure for safety reasons and in order to maintain a quality of living that our local residents in New Cassel deserve,” said Council Member Russell. “The demolition of this structure will surely improve the look of the neighborhood and is another step forward in the revitalization of the area.”
In September of last year, the Town Board took action under Chapter 2A of the Town Code. The Town deemed the property abandoned and determined that it presented a hazard or danger to the health, safety and welfare of human life. This allowed the Town to proceed with its demolition. A lien will eventually be put on the property to reimburse the Town for what it has spent for this process.
The property is currently in foreclosure. Ownership of the land remains with the owner of record. Future plans for the property will be up to the current owner or, more likely, a future owner.
The Town of North Hempstead’s Highway Department crew get ready to demolish the dangerous structures on Sheridan Street in New Cassel. The demolition of the buildings was a joint effort by the Town’s Highway, Public Works and Building departments and the Town Attorney’s Office.
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, left, and Council Member Viviana Russell, watch the demolition of the two structures on Sheridan Street in New Cassel.