Residents were relieved to finally get some good news about an abandoned home in Fresh Meadows that has been a hotbed for various problems in the community for over a decade.
At a press conference on Oct. 14 outside of the abandoned house at 50-19 175th Pl., Gerard Sweeney, counsel to the Queens County public administrator, announced that the public administrator has been appointed administrator of the property. The house will be sealed and put up for auction on Dec. 7, according to Sweeney.
“[The public administrator’s office] determined that there was an estate that went back more than 10 years, so that was unusual,” Sweeney said.
The residence had been left to disrepair after the original property owner, Stella Beckman, died over 10 years ago, and her son Franklin Beckman could not be located.
“When there’s family involved its really not necessarily the quickest path for the public administrator to be working,” Sweeney said. “But when it’s being neglected it gives us an opportunity to try and get involved.”
“The homeowners called me a little over a year ago about this particular abandoned home,” state Senator Tony Avella said at the conference. “The weeds on the front yard and on the little grass strip were as tall as I was. You couldn’t even see that there was a shed in the backyard. It was like a forest.”
The abandoned property had overgrown vegetation, a raccoon problem and a caved-in roof, according to residents. Most troublesome to neighbors were the two derelict cars parked in the driveway filled with newspapers and debris that posed the risk of a second fire breaking out at the location after a first erupted within the home a few years prior.
The two cars have now been removed from the property and the outside of the property has since been cleaned.
“We’re very happy that this is being resolved because it’s been a blight on us,” one neighbor said.
“We feel confident we’ll be able to sell the property on Dec. 7,” Sweeney said. “We’ve had very good success with properties like this in the past.”
“Unfortunately [this problem] is not unique,” closed Avella. “There are many abandoned properties throughout not only my district but throughout the entire city. And each has their own set of circumstances.”
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Franklin Beckman are asked to notify the public administrator at 718-526-5037.
Those interested in purchasing the property can visit the public administrator’s website for more details.