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NY1 For You: Residents Raise Concerns Over Abandoned Home

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An abandoned house in Queens has neighbors concerned about some wild squatters setting up home there. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.

An abandoned house in Hollis, Queens has some new inhabitants that aren't welcome by the neighborhood.

"There is a infestation, a family of racoons and possums that come out at night," says resident James R. Henry.

Residents say they live in this rundown garage that is slowly falling apart. A sore sight in this well kept neighborhood where residents worry about the effect of the neglected property on those surrounding it.

"It does bring down the property value of every other house around it," says another neighborhood resident.

Neighbors say the property has been like this for over a decade.

"People who live here have lived here for many, many years, and to see it come to this is just not a good thing," Henry says.

We tried but could not track down the owners of the property. However, we did contact the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

After looking into the situation, an HPD spokeswoman told us DOB issued a declaration to demolish the garage. She went on to say, HPD has selected a demolition contractor and is in the process of doing the necessary pre-demolition work to obtain permits. She said the agency expects to start a hand-demolition of the garage in the next few weeks.

Relief for neighbors who can't wait to be rid of the wreck.

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