A town-owned home on the bank of the Hudson River in Bethlehem's Henry Hudson Town Park has seen better days.
Now it will see the town's landfill.
The Bethlehem Town Board voted unanimously to have the single-family ranch style home razed and carted off to the transfer station at its Wednesday, Aug. 12, meeting at Town Hall. Supervisor Jack Cunningham cited a cost of $150,000 to repair the 157 Lyons Road home at the park, which has been vacant since early June and is assessed by the town at $116,400, as the main reason for tearing it down.
That property is desperately in need of repair, Cunningham told The Spotlight before the meeting. "It would cost $150,000 to repair. The property floods frequently because of the river and there's no payback on the investment."
Cunningham added that with the town's construction debris landfill slated to be capped, all of the deconstruction work, removal and disposal of the home could be done "in house." The cost will not exceed $15,000, he said of its removal.
"We can move that building, in pieces of course, to our landfill before we cap it," said Cunningham at the meeting.
During the meeting's public comment period, Glenmont resident Robert Jasinski, a Town Hall regular, asked why the town was tearing down the house and questioned the high cost of its repair.
Cunningham said the town building department recommended it be destroyed and that without a need for its use, the home would be more of a problem than it's worth.
"It would create a safety issue if there was a vacant home down there," he told Jasinski. "It's in really bad shape. We really don't have any use for it."
Jasinski also asked why the town could not put it up for auction, sell it or deed it over for someone else to salvage.