BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The property at 822 Hawthorne Avenue in Bridgewater continues to be a point of discussion at township council meetings.
During the online July 6 council meeting, council president Howard Norgalis said the yard at the address has been cleaned up, although the house on site is still “a wreck.” He added that the property will likely be on the next council agenda, although he wasn’t exactly sure what the town governing body could do about the matter.
Councilman Timothy Ring broached the subject again at the council’s June 15 meeting, and said that “something has to be done” to correct the conditions at 822 Hawthorne Avenue.
Public comments emerged as far back as the council’s June 4 gathering, with several members of the public personally weighing in on the state of the property.
Thomas Scally, of Hawthorne Avenue, had thanked the town for condemning the site, but added that the house continued to be a detriment and an “eyesore.”
Carolyn Pritchard, of Nagle Street, complained that the home’s roof is collapsing, and asked know why the house is still there when it “should be leveled.” She also said she had documented calls for more than nine months to ask for the township's assistance on the matter.
Christine Scally, of Hawthorne Avenue, added that the home’s gutters have been torn off, and also said that the owners have been deceased for years.
“It’s affecting the value of my property,” she said, while also noting there is a fallen tree on the site.
Norgalis said he knows the saga of the home has been a “long, drawn-out process,” and had requested a status report.
According to online records at zillow.com, the home at 822 Hawthorne Avenue is listed as in Bound Brook, and is a single-family, residential structure that was built in 1951. It is about 14,810 square feet, and features an attached one-space garage.
A satellite view of the property at googlemaps.com shows the home almost completely covered from the air by trees and foliage.