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.
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 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.
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.