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2017-10-12 / Front Page

Zombie home gets turned over to new owner for renovations

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

In 2011, Chase Bank filed a foreclosure on the property located at 116 Bellwood Ave., West Seneca.

Doris Monger, who resides next door, is the owner of that home, and her son was the tenant at the time of the foreclosure. Chase Bank ultimately discharged Monger’s mortgage; however, they failed to inform her that the property was still under her name. So for years, the property sat vacant.

Six years later, this zombie property was successfully turned over into the hands of Monger due to the efforts of Assemblyman Michael Kearns, Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan and Foreclosure Data Manager for the Western New York Law Center Kate Lockhart.

A press conference was held at 116 Bellwood Ave. on Oct. 5.

“This story just shows how crucial collaboration between entities is to solving this widespread problem,” Kearns said. “We will continue to go around the banks, neighborhood by neighborhood, to get these zombie properties back on the market.”

Lockhart talked about the extensive work that went into helping Monger getting her home back on the market for sale.

“Fighting the zombie foreclosure epidemic in Western New York is hard but necessary work. The Western New York Law Center is proud to collaborate with municipal governments like the Town of West Seneca and representatives like Assemblyman Kearns to help foster creative solutions for these vacant properties,” Lockhart said.

After putting the property back on the market for sale, Monger has found a new owner for the home who, according to her, is dedicated to renovating both the exterior and interior of the home. It’s a property that Monger believes can bring some life to the neighborhood.

“I would like to thank Assemblyman Kearns, Kate [Lockhart] and the Supervisor for helping me out,” Monger said. “I was getting desperate with it and didn’t really know what to do.

“I wanted to see this home fixed up, and it does need a lot of work, but it’s not a bad house. I hope others in this area who are in my shoes have the same luck that I had.”

email: nickk@beenews.com

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