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Neighbors say blighted building in Hartford is being neglected


People want to see a blighted property in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford cleaned up, and now they are asking Eyewitness News for help.

Neighbors called the abandoned property at 159 Babcock St. "an eyesore" and have filed numerous violations against it, according to city officials. 

They said they want to know why the PNC Bank that owns the blighted three-family home won't clean it up.

At the property, there is garbage piled up outside and a mattress is in the backyard. Locks have now been placed on the doors because people were breaking in.

Fed up neighbors have started a Facebook page.

"We don't need an empty building like this for drug use," said Laura Maldonado.

The most recent violation was for tall grass and weeds. The city officials told Eyewitness News the owner has hired contractors to fix the problems and the bank is up to date on paying taxes.

PNC Bank officials told Eyewitness News they said the property has been vandalized and they are making repairs. 

However, bank officials could not tell Eyewitness News how long the house has been empty or what they plan to do with it.

Neighbors want to know why the bank is letting this property become more and more run down because the longer it does, the more problems there will be.

"People go inside there stealing windows, stealing metal and stealing all that stuff," said neighbor William Maldonado. "And then it is more money for the city."

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