There was a gas leak scare today at Pat Doherty’s rental house at 176 Utica Street. It turned out to be noting major, but it did put the spotlight on that rundown house again.
Last Thursday, at the auction of the Rich Miller properties, the real estate agent for the man who bought the house at 49-51 Clinton Street said that condition of the Clinton Street house was a disgrace.
She also said that the village of Geneseo, another SUNY college village where she’s active in the real estate business, would never allow students to live in such miserable conditions.
Who knows what she would have said about 176 Utica Street .From the outside, at least, the Clinton Street house looks like a palace compared to the dilapidated rental house at the corner of Maxon and Utica Streets.
Pat Doherty’s rental house has been an eyesore for as long as anyone can remember. But there was some work done on the house this summer, so at least there’s been some minor progress.
Granted, the progress has been so slow that you can’t even say that work on the house is moving at a snail’s pace. Some snails can definitely move faster than the landlord has been.
But you have to give him credit where credit is due. The progress has been painfully slow, but at least it’s finally happening.
It took more than 19 months to get it done, but the front of Pat Doherty’s rental house on Utica Street finally has new siding.
If you see Pat, please tell him that the front of the house looks nice.
Then ask him when he’s going to fix the rest of the house.
The rundown rental house at 176 Utica Street is the first house south of Hartwell Hall, the signature building on campus., and virtually everyone headed to the college and driving in from the south has to drive past that house.
And yet neither the college administration nor the Village government seems to care that it is such an eyesore.
The real estate agent is right. The problem is that Brockport doesn’t enforce its own code.
Section 58-35.5.C of the Brockport Village Code is quite clear about what the rules are for maintaining the outside of a house in Brockport:
§ 58-35.5. Exterior standards.
The exterior of the premises and the condition of structures shall be maintained so that the premises and buildings shall reflect a level of maintenance in keeping with the standards of the community and shall not constitute blight from adjoining property owners or lead to the progressive deterioration of the neighborhood.
The standard has been set down in the law. Unfortunately the village doesn’t enforce the code.