BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo woman says two houses on Orlando Street stick out like two sore thumbs in her neighborhood, and they could put people at risk.
The pair of houses are far more than eyesores. Overgrown weeds and trash choke both properties, and Mandi Seiczkarski and her neighbors say have become neighborhood hazards.
"Both of them have been broken into several times, all the plumbing has been stolen out, the copper piping," Seiczkarski said.
One house is boarded-up and partially demolished, and the other right next door is a target for vandals after falling into disrepair three years ago when its owner died. Now there is raw sewage in the basement in one of the homes because of busted plumbing, and inspectors condemned it.
Seiczkarski has called housing inspectors, the Health Department and her City Councilmember. She even cuts the grass herself. But when she got no answers, she Called 4 Action.
News 4 has learned that while both houses have been written up by housing inspectors, the more seriously dilapidated house with boarded up windows is on the city's demolition list, and its demise can't come soon enough for Seiczkarski.
"It's horrible. The smell that came out of there through the summer, it smelled like death," she said.
Just a few doors away, Al Legros is bringing his home back from a fire back in May that destroyed the house next door, which city officials got an emergency order to demolish after a couple of days.
"My family wanted to stay in this house. They did not want to give it up because this is where they grew up," Legros said.
Masten District Councilmember Demone Smith says 60 percent of calls into 311 are housing-related issues, like the one on Orlando Street. He is holding a hearing Thursday afternoon to tell residents in his district they have to watch out for their neighbors.
"We always tell people in the neighborhood that they've got to stay on top of these things. Anytime you see something deteriorating, get that inspection call out there ASAP so it can be written up," Smith said.
To get more information on Thursday's hearing, call 851-5105.
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