Question of the Day: Which Eyesores Should PC Officials Address First?

Eyesores in the village have become more obvious as downtown enjoys ongoing revitalization. Which are the worst?

Port Chester is in the middle of a big clean-up.

From the much-publicized crackdown on housing, to the in-house scrubbing of corruption, the current administration under Mayor Dennis Pilla and the Board of Trustees have signaled that they're serious about purging the village of its less-desirable elements.

Of course, no conversation about Port Chester's revitalization is complete without talk of downtown. It was a focal point during the mayoral campaign, when candidate Bart Didden . It was an issue this week as local government leaders discussed . And it's been a recurring discussion here on Port Chester Patch, where readers have begun and the they own.

Today, we're asking our readers: What are the biggest public eyesores in town, and where should code and building officials focus their efforts next in the ongoing clean-up effort?

Leave your answers in the comments section below. If you're identifying a specific building or property, please include the address. We'll forward the list on to village hall and keep readers updated on future progress in eliminating blight.

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Anonymous May 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Graffiti on storefronts (and storebacks and storesides) along Main Street - a lot of this has been in place for YEARS. There are a couple of places that get hit more often than others (sorry Uceda Institute), but there are some where the owner NEVER takes care of it, and DPW never forces them to. Graffiti is U-G-L-Y and makes the village look poor-er than it is. Incidentally did the piece of garbage who wrote "uno" all over the place ever get convicted? Shouldn't that person have to remove his "artistry" from the dozens of buildings he defaced, since he was caught red-handed?
PC Native May 20, 2011 at 01:14 PM
Loitering at St. Peter's Church on Westchester Ave. Hispanic men who share mattresses (they sleep in shifts so they essentially pay 1/2 rent) gather and hang out for HOURS sitting on the stone wall and grassy area in front of the church. There are so many people that it looks like a bus stop that's an entire block long. The church is a safe haven for illegal nesters anyway and in this situation they are in plain sight.
Anonymous May 20, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Along those lines - why are dozens of ILLEGALS allowed to loiter at the train station and along the road leading to it? So that rich white people can exploit them and pay them a crummy wage (if that) to do menial labor? I see no benefit to this, but definitely an eyesore.
Peggy Johnston May 20, 2011 at 01:42 PM
And, again.......................... The run down "home" on the corner of Irving and Haseco with its collapsing garage roof. From code enforcement," the owner has been cited and has until June 1st to answer the summons." In the meanwhile, it is still standing and is a hazard. This is not a new situation - it has been in this shape for many years!
Bart Didden May 20, 2011 at 02:02 PM
The Church is private property and appears to welcome the use of it's property.
AA11 May 20, 2011 at 02:53 PM
The " Junkyard" on Grace Church St. Just up from the Midland Ave. intersection across from the South End Fire House/Central Ave... Junked cars & trucks, smell of oil and fuel, piles of old tires. Its nothing more then a chop shop and needs to be addressed to for quality of life for the village. Since it is on the way to the village rooms, maybe a code enforcer or inspector should pay them a visit on their way to work!
Silvio V. Buccieri May 20, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Hooray for Port Chester Patch for doing this code inforcement blight, no one else would do it, and we are paying them?? THANK YOU......
Concerned View May 21, 2011 at 03:36 AM
How about a CE vehicle drive up and down very street after 5 pm and cite the commercial vehicles parked in residential driveways?
PC Lover May 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM
How about removing the Republican political signs above T & J Pizza on Westchester Avenue. The election is long over!
Julie Corbalis May 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM
How about the ugly old strip club storefront "Fantasy" on Main St? It's ugly and weird.
Interested Reader May 21, 2011 at 01:03 PM
I know the readers could fill these pages with conditions that need attention and I would bet the staff has developed list after list of issues that need attention. Some tasks are with in easy reach and others much more complicated then many realize. The Village is clearly suffering from decades of a "pay to play" atmosphere from the hiring policies to the development strategies and everywhere in between. I think the residents need to take control and I would suggest starting with neighborhood associations. They would have a real sense of the particular issues facing each area and with an organizational structure in place they could really begin to loosen the grip of those who are making a living off the corruption in this community.
Conservative NYer May 23, 2011 at 12:30 AM
Too much to put down! Cannot wait to leave this god awful town.
Kay-Tee of PC May 24, 2011 at 05:25 PM
What about the old United Hospital? The building is sitting there, rotting away. What happened to plans to make it into low income housing or condos? The front is boarded up to keep out squatters, the yard is overgrown with weeds and if you look at it from the Kohl's Shopping Center, you can see windows that were left open up at the top of the building. This is allowing animals and the weather to hasten its decline. That property should be making the village money with taxes and not being an eyesore. It's definitely not pretty to look at, driving by to go to the shopping center or other areas in town. We want to welcome people to come to our town to shop or attend events and not scare them away with filth and decay. This used to be a nice little town. I've lived here all my life and am saddened by its decline. We may never be a White Plains or Greenwich but, at least clean it up so others will want to come here and spend time and money in our little town. If not, Port Chester will be left with nothing but riff raff, falling down buildings and garbage. It's not too late to save it, but if it isn't done soon, all the decent people will leave and the town will die. I don't want to have to say 'RIP PC'.
AA11 May 24, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Kim, Good point with the Hospital. I hope though they do not make it low income housing or condos. Our town and schools cannot afford more people living in it. We are bursting at the seams already with affordable housing and illegal immigrants and do not need more of a burden on the school system and village. I would like to see something similar to what White Plains has at their City Center. With possibly a conference center on site. It is prime real estate to let it go to waste.
Kay-Tee of PC May 25, 2011 at 04:32 AM
AA11, I wish I knew where the affordable housing was! Unfortunately, I'm an American and probably don't qualify. I was thinking more along the lines of current, decent residents looking for a nicer place to live. However, I do like your idea of a City Center with an on site conference center. I know, from having worked in PC for many years, that when my companies had conferences, they would look anywhere but PC for a site. PC just doesn't have that kind of resource available to our companies or our neighboring towns' companies. No one ever says, Yes, let's call a conference and meet in PC. Where would they go??? We don't have anything! It's a downright shame that we have a place that could be used for that but isn't. I totally agree, prime real estate going to waste. Very good idea. We need more people working in the village government who can come up with ideas like that and then actually implement them. For years, we've heard ideas for improvements being tossed about and then nothing comes of it. Scrap the housing - I vote for the City Center! :)
Nik Bonopartis May 31, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Please read our Terms of Use and refrain from personal attacks. This is a family-friendly publication and we want the conversation to remain productive and community-minded. We also want everyone to feel welcome here when they post. This is an important issue in the community and I don't want to lock the thread because of one or two posters. Thanks.


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