2009-05-15 / Front Page

Abandoned, Rat-Infested 'Hell House'

By Howard Schwach

The neighbors on the three-hundred block of Beach 87 Street call it a "Hell House."

The side yard of the home is filled with garbage and Department of Health officials recently used rat poison in the yard to keep the rodent population from inundating the rest of the block. The side yard of the home is filled with garbage and Department of Health officials recently used rat poison in the yard to keep the rodent population from inundating the rest of the block. Officials at the city's Health Department call it a ratinfested menace. When a Wave reporter appeared on Wednesday to take the photos accompanying this article, Health Department workers were laying down poison on the side and back yards in an attempt to keep the rat population down.

The multi-family home, which encompasses 315 and 317 Beach 87 Street, has never been occupied, except by squatters and drug dealers, neighbors, who spoke only on the promise of anonymity, said.

"Some people on the block chipped in to keep the lot empty, to use it as a sort of community garden," one neighbor said. "Then, one of the people with money bought out the others and flipped it to a developer, who built this monstrosity and then, unable to get a certificate of occupancy, just walked away."

The multi-family home at 315 and 317 Beach 87 Street looks fine from the outside, but neighbors say that it is rat-infested and crumbling. The multi-family home at 315 and 317 Beach 87 Street looks fine from the outside, but neighbors say that it is rat-infested and crumbling. Now, three years after it was built, the roof is leaking, the walls are full of mold, the side yard had become a dumping ground and the metal terrace railings are rusting out.

"We just wish somebody would come along and knock it down," another neighbor said. According to the city's Department of Buildings, no certificate of occupancy was ever issued to the developer for a number of reasons, one being that there were no on-site parking slots for tenants. The department also cited many code violations right after the homes were completed.

There has been a stop work order on the property for nearly two years, and many environmental summonses are tacked to the front porch.

The most recent Buildings complaint against the site was made on February 23, when the owner was cited for a building "vacant, open and unguarded."

The citation said that the "home's rear doors and windows are broken, open or missing."

The city's Department of Finance lists the owner of the homes as Cynthelene Isaac.

The Wave has attempted to contact Isaac for this story, but has been unsuccessful.

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