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DOB, HPD re-fence Glennon eyesore

Neighbors of an unfinished two-family home on Glennon Place in Locust Point were relieved when the city erected yet another fence to keep vandals and teenagers off the property.

It appears that the owners of the home keeps tabs on the property but have made no effort to keep it safe, Locust Point Community Association president Jerry Landi said. The city has erected fences around the property before.

Neighbors have seen people who they suspect to be the owners at the property, 3177 Glennon Place, late at night. The home has been an eyesore since construction stalled in 2006. Unfinished, it tempts teens, Landi said.

“It’s getting cold and teenagers will go in there to hang out,” Landi said. “[The new fence] will probably stop them from a while. It’s dangerous because there’s always garbage and pipes laying around on the property.”

Councilman Jimmy Vacca reached out to the Department of Buildings when neighbors phoned to report that the fence around the home was missing panels and was unsealed. The DOB ordered the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to erect a new plywood fence.

“The site was added to the DOB’s stalled site program in March 2009,” DOB spokeswoman Ryan Fitzgibbon said.“Sites that are on the list will be periodically inspected to make sure that they are being maintained.”

The DOB inspected 3177 Glennon Place on Dec 10, 2009 and found the fence leaning towards the street and missing sections, Fitzgibbon explained. Itthen issued an Environmental Control Board violation and warned the owners of the site to maintain the property.

When the owners failed to respond, the DOB declared an emergency and had HPD step in. A follow-up inspection on Thursday, January 21 found the fence was secure and locked.

Vacca praised HPD.

“The house has [not been under construction] for a long time,” Vacca said. “HPD is making the site safe. This is one of many examples where HPD is taking an aggressive approach to securing abandoned sites. I think the residents of Locust Point will be pleased.”

Reach reporter Patrick Rocchio at 718 742-3393 or procchio@cnglocal.com

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