Earlier this month, Suffolk County Legis. Rudy Sunderman joined with Brookhaven Town to oversee the demolition of the longtime vacant and blighted structure at 15 Market Street in Mastic Beach. This home sat vacant for over 15 years, causing the property to become overgrown and the structure to become a health and safety issue for the surrounding community. In the past year Suffolk County was able to acquire this property due to failure to pay taxes and the home was added to the inventory of Suffolk County properties eligible for auction. Sunderman successfully executed an intermunicipal agreement to transfer this property through Suffolk County’s 72-H program. This program allows the transfer of properties between municipalities. In an effort to improve the quality of life in the surrounding community and avoid this property from being auctioned and possibly purchased by speculators, Sunderman took action and partnered with the Town of Brookhaven to perform the demolition and preserve the land for open space.
Also, after much work, the house located at 9 Ditmus Avenue in Mastic was demolished. While most properties are demolished because of health and safety standards, the house at 9 Ditmus Avenue was taken down to make way for the building of a brand-new home, which will be made available for affordable housing for first-time homebuyers. This property displays the great opportunities that are made available by removing blight from residential communities. Where a derelict structure once stood, a brand-new home will soon emerge, occupied by a property owner. “This will bring a new home to the community as well as continue our efforts at restoring quality of life and other issues our community faces, while working to secure affordable homes in our legislative district,” said Sunderman.