A historic neighborhood in New Haven has stately old homes, but one has fallen on hard times.
Those living nearby said the home is bringing down the value.
Neighbors said the home was used as a group home, but it has been empty for a number of years, and the front steps and porch are falling apart.
"We want them to fix it up, so it fits in the neighborhood,” said Bill Morico of New Haven.
This isn’t just an absentee landlord, but rather Morico said the house on Ellsworth Avenue is owned by the state of Connecticut.
"It’s a blight in the neighborhood, everybody tries to keep their property in good condition and it's also a safety hazard, kids play in the backyard, the porch could fall down someday and take some of the house with it,” Morico said.
Neighbors said when the state moved the group home out, the front porch was already falling apart, to the point that residents could no longer use it.
"It may have cost some money to repair it, but they didn't and they left it. If they were homeowners, they would have been run out of town,” said David Kos of New Haven.
Neighbors said they haven’t gotten answers, so Eyewitness News went looking for some.
Checking with the most recent list of state property, 453 Ellsworth Ave. is listed as being in good condition.
According to the state, the home was built in 1915 and had its last major renovation in 2006.
The state said it is considered surplus property, which falls under the Department of Administrative Services.
The state didn’t say why it hasn’t been fixed after all these years, but did say the house is now under contract for sale.
"The other neighbors have done a great job keeping up their houses and it's just a shame when one is falling apart,” Kos said.
It is unclear at this time when the sale will close, but neighbors said they’ll be glad to see something finally done with the house.
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