An abandoned and crumbling home in Fresh Meadows that has posed problems to the community for years has finally been sold, a local lawmaker recently announced.
The home, located at 50-19 175th Pl., was sealed and put up for auction by the Queens County Public Administrator in December of 2016 after the office was appointed administrator of the property. The sale closed in late February, according to a release from state Senator Tony Avella.
The residence had been left to disrepair after the original property owner, Stella Beckman, died over 10 years ago, and her son Franklin Beckman, who was named administrator of the property, could not be located.
Raising quality-of-life concerns, residents complained of overgrown vegetation, a raccoon problem and a caved-in roof at the location. Neighbors were most concerned about 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 cars have since been removed from the premises and the exterior of the property has been cleaned up.
“I am extremely happy to be able to tell the community today that, as a result of the relentless efforts of my office and the incredible help of the Public Administrator, that this property is no longer going to haunt the community,” Avella said. “Being able to get this house sold will certainly go a long way in returning a better quality of life to the neighbors who had to live with this hazardous property on their block. I hope that this sale can also set a precedent for the control and auction of the many other zombie properties that haunt communities across the city.”