Trash piles up on Cambridge Avenue lots


Bushes, trees and piles of trash are plaguing property on Cambridge Avenue. Residents in the vicinity have contacted 311 to voice their disgust with the properties, seeking improvements to them, to no avail.

The lots at 3190 and 3198 Cambridge Ave. have suffered from neglect since houses there were demolished about a decade ago. Neighbors have observed people dumping garbage onto the latter property through a hole in a fence. 

The garbage has even begun to spill over onto the sidewalk outside of 3198 Cambridge Ave. One resident says he has seen families walk in the middle of the street to avoid the filth.

There is less litter at 3910 Cambridge Ave., but plywood boards protecting the site have broken down and lean onto the neighboring property. 3910 Cambridge Ave. has also been a magnet for graffiti.

According to the Department of Buildings website, the body has issued various violations to the owners of both properties over the past several years, including not maintaining the construction fence around the property, and performing construction without proper permits.  

A spokesman for Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said he was aware of the problem on Cambridge Avenue, but that the official has not received any complaints recently.

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