NY1 For You: Vacant Lot In Queens Used As A Trash Heap
Residents in Jamaica, Queens are concerned that a neighboring vacant property is a filthy eyesore that no one is willing to clean up. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.
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A massive mound of garbage that looks like it belongs in a landfill fills a residential lot in Jamaica, Queens.
"It's just a dumping ground. The rats have increased, the rodents," says neighbor Crystal Bonds.
"It's bad, it's nasty. It [attracts] wildlife, raccoons," says neighbor Elmer Glen Brown.
"You see rodents running around out there and people coming in, throwing trash up in there," says neighbor Davad Overtone.
This mess was four years in the making, ever since neighbors say owners of the property knocked down a private house and left the lot vacant.
"Nobody's upkeeping it, so people are coming and they're putting garbage there because it's a lot that is obviously neglected," says neighbor Roxanne DeCruiz.
In addition to the huge heap of trash, the lot holds large construction equipment and even a boat. Since the site is easily accessed, with only one brick holding the doors shut, residents worry about their children's safety.
"Several neighbors have lodged complaints but to no avail. The only thing we received is something attaching myself and my husband to the property, saying we have to clean up the vacant lot, otherwise we'll be fined," says Bonds.
It is an absurd turn of events, since Bonds says they do not own the lot and they are the ones who have been begging to have it cleaned up.
NY1 called the Sanitation Department to ask about the warning but has not heard back.
The station then called the Department Of Buildings and a spokeswoman says permits were issued in 2008 to demolish an existing building.
An application was filed to build a new two-story family home on the property, but she says permits to construct the new building were never obtained by the developer.
NY1 determined who the owner of the property is but so far the station has not been able to reach him for comment.
The DOB spokeswoman tells NY1 the agency will inspect the property, responding to homeowners' complaints.
NY1 For You will stay on top of this filthy situation.