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VILLAGE TIMES: Brookhaven Strikes Back Against Unsafe Structures

Deteriorating HomeBrookhaven officials are hopeful that a newly amended code addressing unsafe buildings will speed up the process of repairing or removing the many blighted homes across the town.

On Tuesday June 10, the Brookhaven Town Board held a public hearing on the matter. The code amendments, which were adopted following the public hearing, included updated definitions, guidance on distinguishing an unsafe structure, and provided the town attorney the power to hire an engineer to inspect and report on the structures. The changes were made to chapter 73, entitled Unsafe Buildings and Excavated Lands, of the town code.

The code states, “An unsafe structure is one that is found to be dangerous to the life, health, property or safety of the public or the occupants of the structure by not providing minimum safeguards to protect or warn occupants in the event of fire, or because such structure contains unsafe equipment or is so damaged, decayed, dilapidated, structurally unsafe, or of such faulty construction or unstable foundation, that partial or complete collapse is possible.”

The structures will be considered unsafe if walls are leaning, buckling to a certain extent, if the foundation is found to have been deteriorated to a certain percentage, and if the floors and roofs are overloaded, among other items.

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