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Dilapidated house in Newstead faces demolition if owner fails to devise care plan

A potentially dangerous dilapidated house on Bloomingdale Road in Newstead faces demolition by the town if the owner doesn’t devise a plan to take care of the property over the next month.

The house at 13907 Bloomingdale, owned by Thomas E. Cashman, has been vacant for about eight years, Supervisor David L. Cummings said. Cashman hasn’t paid taxes on the property in at least five years, the supervisor said.

“It’s beyond repair,” Cummings said.

The Town Board voted unanimously to demolish the building if attempts to contact Cashman go unanswered after a public hearing on the matter Monday evening. Cashman will have 30 days to contact the town with a plan to either rehabilitate the property, or demolish it himself. Previous attempts to contact Cashman have been unsuccessful, Cummings said, noting that several family members have also been sent letters regarding the property, to no avail.

“If we don’t hurry up, it’s going to fall down all by itself,” Cummings said.

No comments about the property were heard during the public hearing.

The cost of demolition by the town would be charged to Cashman, the supervisor said.

The home is close to a neighboring home, Cummings said.. “They haven’t complained much other than asking what we are going to do about it,” he said. “They’ve been very reasonable.”

Councilman Justin M. Rooney said that whoever goes to the home to post a notice explaining the town’s decision should be careful about it, lest the building collapse.

“That’ll be a challenge,” Rooney said. “Seriously, when someone goes out there, they have to be careful about hammering it.”

The home has been on the board’s radar screen for a few years, Cummings said.