Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hamden developer faces fines for blight in Ansonia

By Jean Falbo-Sosnovich
Register Correspondent 

ANSONIA >> A Hamden developer who purchased 10 acres of abandoned downtown property last year with a vision to transform it into a mix of office, residential and retail, has been slapped with a blight citation for failing to clean up the site — and could face hefty fines to boot.
According to Mayor David Cassetti, the city issued Moustapha Diakhate the citation this week that threatens daily fines up to $20,000 if he doesn’t respond to the notification within 10 days.
The citation letter issued by Blight Enforcement Officer David Blackwell cites the property for numerous violations including more than 220 sections of broken/shattered windows; graffiti; vegetation overgrowth protruding through cement; crumbling cement and debris; and exposed rebar. The violations pertain to the old Farrel Processing Lab at 501 E. Main St, which officials said is in the worst shape out of all the buildings.

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