EAST PATCHOGUE - An abandoned house in East Patchogue that has long been considered an eyesore was torn down today to make way for affordable housing.
Since 2004, no one has lived at 540 Donegan Ave., and the house has fallen into disrepair.
?This house is not fit for human habitation,? said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko before the demolition. Twenty minutes later, the house turned into a pile of debris.
The property where the house stood will be turned over to the Long Island Housing Partnership, which will build a new home there and raffle it off.
Lesko says it's all thanks to a county law that allows Suffolk to give the town control of abandoned properties and turn them into affordable housing.
The Town of Brookhaven has set aside 11 properties to build new affordable houses by the end of the year.