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Oct 18, 2011 12:48 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Riverside Property Owner Faces 130 Violations; Town To Hold Hearing On Property

Oct 18, 2011 4:34 PM

A Riverside building owner has been slapped with more than 130 building code violations, including having too many people living in apartments above an automobile repair shop. The property owner is also several years overdue in paying her property taxes, according to Southampton Town officials.

A search warrant executed at the home at about 7 a.m. on October 5 found that 19 people, including several school-aged children, lived in apartments above an automotive repair shop, according to a press release issued by town spokesman Ryan Horn on Tuesday.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the safety of the site, located at 48 Old Quogue Road, at a hearing before the Town Board scheduled for next month.

The property owner, Helen Goff, faces more than 130 violations in Southampton Town Justice Court. The charges include lacking working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, electrical and plumbing violations and having a weak structural building integrity. The search revealed numerous windows with broken or missing glass and a dilapidated roof partially covered with tarp to prevent water seepage into the bedrooms below, according to Mr. Horn’s statement. Inspectors also found construction had been done without the required permits and the building’s outdoor waste system was in disrepair and had standing waste water in it. Mr. Horn also said that the property had no rental permit, nor was there one pending.

The property is three years behind in taxes, with taxes for 2008, 2009 and 2010 still outstanding. After three years of nonpayment, Suffolk County starts the process of seizing the property for non-payment of taxes, the release states.

The .23 acre property has an assessed value of $775,300 and annual taxes of $12,547. Taxes for the site have been paid two to three years late since the 2002-2003 billing cycle, the release says.

The Town Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 9, at 1 p.m. at Southampton Town Hall on Hampton Road in Southampton Village. The public is invited to speak about the property’s maintenance and possible health and safety hazards. If the town determines the structure is unsafe, the town attorney’s office and Department of Fire Prevention will be tasked with taking steps to secure the building and bring it into compliance with Town Code.

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And they're just getting there now?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Oct 18, 11 2:04 PM
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I didn't read anywhere a rental permit was obtained. Did they have one or not?? If so where's the Building Dept.? aren't they supposed to go back every so offen to be sure everything stated on the application is status quo??? Oh I forgot with the volumns of new construction going on they don't have the time. Now there's a Town Dept that's needs to be reduced, especially Electrical Inspectors. Were the only Township employing one, others use private indepenent inspectors, at no cost to the Town. ...more
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Oct 18, 11 2:22 PM
$12.5k in taxes a year on less than a quarter acre in riverside?

on old quogue road no less?

I'd let the town have it.

By C Law (354), Water Mill on Oct 18, 11 5:12 PM
C Law - is it because they are in the Riverhead School District? Your right, seems excessive - could it be because it may be a commercial property?
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Oct 18, 11 7:53 PM
interesting - seems Ms Goff sold to the Town .27 acres at 53 Old Quogue Road in 2005 for affordable housing. This one I guess became a cash cow.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Oct 18, 11 7:59 PM
Its sad that it takes this long to find these illegal apartments. The town employees a special investigator to oversee these issues, and with having 19 people, several of them children? How come it was not noticed earlier. The town and the school districts should form a mutual data base to address this earlier. As the property owner is not paying her fare share of the taxes, both the residents of the town and school district are being short changed, as well as obsorbing the additional costs ...more
By trurepublician (53), hampton bays on Oct 18, 11 11:55 PM
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Google Earth image dated 9/19/2010 clearly shows large section of roof covered with a blue tarp. Perhaps the SH Code Enforcement department should utilize all the tools at their disposal to identify, in a timely manner, properties with obvious problems. David Buda
By davbud (127), east hampton on Oct 19, 11 12:11 AM