'It is not OK': Abandoned home raises concerns for Bellmore community

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A Bellmore community is growing concerned about the safety risks of a home that is boarded up and infested with rodents.

Leah Lupo moved on to Hendricks Avenue two months ago. She says she did know there were problems with the house next door, but adds she was told it would be bulldozed.

Other neighbors have called the home dangerous and disgusting. The Town of Hempstead's Building Department has left a notice on the front door, calling it an unsafe structure.

"So you're saying, 'Hey here's an unsafe structure, we're going to put a sign on it so you know it's an unsafe structure,' which is evident," says Lupo. "'But we're not really quite going to do anything about it.' And that to me is unacceptable. It is not OK."

Lupo and other neighbors say there were raccoons living inside the home, as well as mice all around. Windows are broken and boarded up with trees also rotting and falling down.

News 12 spoke to the listing's realtor who says the property has been in foreclosure, and that the owner was able to get a short sale approved. They're hoping to go to closing next week.

The realtor says the property, which went into foreclosure in 2013, is selling for $375,000. The new owner is planning to renovate it.

A spokesperson for the Town of Hempstead says building inspectors have been to the property multiple times. They've boarded up parts of the home, drained the pond, removed a tree and had an exterminator set traps for raccoons.

The Sanitation Department has already cut the grass and will be doing so again.

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