Home Government Demolition Begins on Brick Home, Abandoned for Seven Years

Demolition Begins on Brick Home, Abandoned for Seven Years

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The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

 

Finally.

Residents of the Beverly Beach section of Herbertsville woke up to a sound they’ve been waiting on for years: a demolition crew taking down a house that has turned into a nightmare for neighbors.

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Making good on a promise to raze houses that are abandoned and in a rotting condition, the administration of Mayor John Ducey obtained state loan funding to pay a crew to demolish the home at 126 South Beverly Drive, which has been abandoned for seven years, neighbors said.

The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The home at 126 South Beverly Drive is demolished. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The roof partially blew off during Superstorm Sandy, and to this day, only a tattered blue tarp has been added. Weeds and overgrowth have overtaken the side and backyards. A pool – still covered from six years ago – is an annual mosquito breeding ground. Bats fly in and out. Raccoons patrol the grounds and, presumably, the interior, leaving their dead prey in neighboring yards.

Those who have been able to look inside say mold is thickly caked on the walls.

A home on South Beverly Drive in Brick, exposed to the elements. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A home on South Beverly Drive in Brick, exposed to the elements. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

After previously rejecting two rounds of bids that came back over $100,000 to demolish the structure, officials negotiated a price of $87,600. The price is higher than most demolitions due to the location of the home on a steep bluff overlooking the Manasquan River, Ducey said.

The home, though abandoned for years, is still in the foreclosure process, attorneys representing Citibank have said.


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  • Steph

    who wrote this? “Making good on a promise to raze houses”. RAZE? it’s raise. come on people.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    It’s been a long battle to get rid of this house, which should have never been built in the first place. It was a shady deal right from the start.
    Our neighborhood will be nice again.
    To those who helped us bring an end to this blight, we thank you for not giving up.