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Blight Hides Behind Bamboo on Edgewood [Empty in Smithtown]

Town hopes property will one day be cleaned up.

While the in Smithtown is easily the most recognized abandoned eyesore on that roadway, there's another you might have missed.

Shielded from the road by towering bamboo sits 436 Edgewood Avenue, a small ranch house that has been left to decay in the neighborhood. Boards are rotted, trees have fallen on the house and an old motor boat sits on cinder blocks on the cracked asphalt driveway.

Last owned by the Church of the Gospel Ministry, the house now been once the town drafts an official plan for dealing with the host of ramshackle properties in the area. The vandalized former trucking facility behind the Smithtown Long Island Rail Road Station .

“The town is thinking of a blight ordinance, which is beyond a property maintenance ordinance,” Frank DeRubeis, director of planning for the Town of Smithtown, told Patch last summer. “We can write it. The hard part is deciding how you can implement it. When it comes to property we have to be careful. We can do something when there is a clear public problem."

The town has also .

The last time the town dealt with 436 Edgewood was in 2010, when they approved the installation of fencing around the property to section off the "unsafe" structure, according to a May 2010 town agenda.

According to real estate listing site Redfin.com, the lot size at 436 Edgewood is more than 35,000 square feet and has a taxable value of $11,365.

What would you like to see happen to this property? And check our gallery for photos of the blighted house.

s May 16, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Little Shamrock... you're a little genius. A YMCA sounds like a wonderful idea! Especially with the heroin epidemic in Smithtown that has sprouted in the last few years!! A YMCA could give the kids something healthy to do and be at, like the old days! ... ohhhh yeahhh, nevermind... so 2004 of me. Btw, doesnt that lone single one million+$ house look great?? Ohhh Smithtown, one disappointment after the other... hey forget the the Y! How bout another gym!
littleShamrock May 16, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Oh gee "s" ... can we really fit another gym??? Hah. How about a shoe store or wine shoppe? I did join that fight for the YMCA and it tears my heart out that its gone still to this day. I guess Lake Avenue will have to suffice for the kids to hang out on all night. Don't forget that house has wonderful plantings - what a buy!
Rich T BIrd June 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
If the town owns it, they should raze it, then put it up for bid. Take what they can get and move on.
John Grisanzio November 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I pass this house every day going to work and when i come home again this house was really left to decay all i know is what a shame what fate some house have and i would love to get a law passed that if the property isn,t being tended to the town should step in and maintain these abandened houses and bill whoever owns these properties maybe then these houses wouldn,t sit so long and also these houses won,t become victims to people vandelizing the houses which always seems to happen or maybe the people should make a club house out of one of them by banning together and buying one of these houses and fixing it up .
John Grisanzio November 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM
It is a shame but it was knocked down it must have been very nice when it was new.

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