As we told you some time ago the zombie on Ten Eyck Street that Banco Popular is now selling for $120K has to be a single family home. The former six unit house is in residential A, and like a lot of large homes in such neighborhoods had been converted to apartments back when that was in vogue. Other homes on the same block are also multi-family.
However since its been vacant for some time, a new owner has to conform to single family zoning.
That's the phenomenon that leads to problems as such large homes don't fit today's lifestyles, the cost of converting it back is in the hundreds of thousands, and there is no flexibiity in zoning laws.
As Council looks at an landlord law as its panacea for frustration over blight, it's important to remember there are other factors like zoning, that lawmakers are unwilling to address.
The zombie on Ten Eyck is being cleaned up and its sale is welcome, as only that can allow the property to evolve.