The needler in the haystack.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hidden Plainfield: Disheveled Disgrace


Disheveled, to say the least.

Recently I saw Jack, a reader who had been a fellow-member of Plainfield's Cable TV franchise renewal committee out working in his yard. As we chatted, my attention was drawn to the shabby estate of the home next door, the subject of today's Hidden Plainfield.

Always a bit pretentious looking with its formal columns for the neighborhood of neat and tidy 1920s and 30s Colonials, the home has been vacant for years and is in foreclosure. Jack says the property maintenance service says that the bank holding the mortgage claims no responsibility for the property's upkeep.


Though the taxes are paid up according to the Tax Collector, the DPW seems not to have scheduled a haircut for the overgrown lawn, though neighbors were told that Inspections had reported the property to the DPW.


Resident Bob Darden took his few minutes at City Council's mike last Monday to bemoan the number of foreclosures he had documented over the past year in the Ledger and Courier. A quick check of the online foreclosure-tracking service RealtyTrac today shows 578 properties in Plainfield in foreclosure proceedings (see complete list here).


Imagine what the community could look like if mortgage holders took the position of the one featured today!


A small clue: the house is just doors away from the home where a popular former Plainfield mayor raised his family.

 
Do you know where today's property is?

Answer tomorrow.



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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kenyon Avenue.

And go down the block a bit and you'll see a big yellow colonial, also with columns, all boarded up. That yard is mowed but the house is in pitiful condition.

Michael Townley said...

Kenyon Avenue, east side, just north of Randolph Road.

Anonymous said...

I believe this house is on Stelle Avenue.