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The Telegram
  • Public Eye: Frankfort abandoned properties disconcerting

  • Herkimer County residents recently wrote to Public Eye expressing concern about two abandoned properties in the town of Frankfort:

    • What’s left of a scraped barn on Brookside Drive.

    • An abandoned house at 4262 Acme Rd.

    “It’s an eyesore, health issue and it has to harbor rodents,” one reader wrote about the Acme Road property.

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  • Herkimer County residents recently wrote to Public Eye expressing concern about two abandoned properties in the town of Frankfort:
    • What’s left of a scraped barn on Brookside Drive.
    • An abandoned house at 4262 Acme Rd.
    “It’s an eyesore, health issue and it has to harbor rodents,” one reader wrote about the Acme Road property.
    THE ISSUE
    Brookside Drive: A stone foundation and a small shed are all that’s left of a building that once stood there. The area was overgrown and multiple plastic flower pots seemed to have been dumped there.
    Acme Road: Situated next to Whitey’s Brass Tack Restaurant, the two-story house is intact, but multiple windows are smashed, the garage area is not completely covered and the back of the house has a collection of debris, including old pumpkins.
    THE FUTURE
    Brookside Drive: Mishele Spaman, codes officer for the town, said the building doesn’t pose a threat.
    “It’s not going to fall on anybody; it’s solid,” she said, adding there isn’t much left to the building to house rodents.
    Spaman said the owners are looking to sell the property.
    Acme Road: Spaman said the owner, Grant Gonyea, who lives in Ilion, recently was contacted about securing the property better.
    “Things that have been opened need to be re-boarded up,” she said.
    Gonyea’s contact information wasn’t listed.
    “Unless it’s structurally unsafe, it could sit for years,” she said. “It’s an unsightly sight, but we don’t have any real powers (to fix it).”

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