Blighted Home Still Under Construction After Seven Years

Home subject of residency suit, being fined $100 a day.

Farmington officials are still struggling to get a local homeowner to finish work on a house that has been under construction for more than seven years.

The house, 23 Lakeview Drive in the East Farms area of Farmington, was also added to the town’s blight list and has been the subject of numerous complaints by irate neighbors.

The town has begun fining the owner of the house $100 a day for each day the house remains in violation.

Enrico Mangiafico bought the house in December of 2005, according to town records. The Mangiafico family, including Enrico’s wife and children, moved into the house in February 2006 but moved out and returned to New Britain just a few months later when additional construction on the house began, according to court records.

In June 2006, rain caused structural damage to the house, which made it uninhabitable, court documents said, and the house has remained vacant while the Mangiaficos remained in New Britain, according to the court documents.

In the meantime, construction on the house has been mostly at a stand still, with missing siding and Tyvek home wrap facing neighbors’ homes and construction equipment sitting in the yard.

The property was added to the town’s blighted building list – reserved for unoccupied properties – in fall of 2012 after neighbors submitted a petition. Since then the town has been attempting to leverage fines to get the owner to clean up the property, with almost no success.

In September, the town began ticketing the property $100 a day, 7 days a week and shortly thereafter the weeds were cut, according to the town manager’s report but progress stopped there. The owner requested the property be removed from the blight list but was refused.

In November, the owner requested a building permit to begin additional work on the property and according to statute, the town issued it. The owner, however, didn’t pick up the permit and missed more deadlines set by the town.

The Mangiaficos, meanwhile, faced the Farmington Board of Education in court after the board prohibited the family's children from attending Farmington schools. The board argued, and the court upheld, that the family did not meet the residency requirement since they lived in New Britain. Mangiafico, representing himself, claimed the family had substantial ties to Farmington, went to church in town and intended to return. He later claimed a natural disaster forced the family out and that the children were homeless.

Eventually, the town could lien the house as a result of the mounting fines.

The owner recently requested a public hearing on the fines and the property's status and an update will be provided at the March Town Council meeting.

jenniferh653@gmail.com February 26, 2013 at 12:59 AM
I don't know them. Just that more important items can be written about - the economy, which is a disaster, which will apparently now affect potential jobs, the unemployment still existing, protecting our precious children...........much more important things to focus on than this. People have blinders on here....perhaps this story, and others like it, are related to the horrific economic times we are all enduring. What about that? Again, let's be nice, folks.
Dawn Nolan February 26, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Not saying that I would want that next to my house forever but...here's another point that I observed from reading the article...The kids aren't allowed to attend Farmington Public Schools, even though they own a house here, but open up your school's handbook and see how many kids go to our schools who DON'T live in Farmington. People can say "It's grant money from the Government..." but guess what my/your taxes pay for, "grant money for the government." Who do you think pays for it...We are on the verge of broke. We have one parent working, one staying home to raise the kids and we live here FOR THE SCHOOLS. What if I said, "I love Farmington Public Schools, but you know what, I like Avon's better, so can I bring them there and still live here...? I have the bank statement to prove that I need just as much help as anyone else that comes here from somewhere else. And believe me not all of them have financial woes...I say you want to go to schools here, you gotta live here...No more profiling, everyone should be equal. And if that family does not live here yet, until their house is done, then they too should have to wait until they do live here. That's the beauty of Farmington, you don't have to have a lot of money to live here...there are plenty of apartments, condos, and smaller priced houses.
Michelle K. February 27, 2013 at 03:52 AM
This family, since you say you don't know them, is not suffering from the "horrific economic times" others are enduring. Check out their clothes, their lifestyle and the vehicles they drive. It is not that people are not being nice, simply stating a fact. The family is impacting the town economically, both via property values and cost of a public school education. And think about the lesson they are teaching their children.
R. Shackleford March 06, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Deadlines should be met and the fines paid. This is a travesty that impacts all of us as Farmington residents.
Art Vandelay March 08, 2013 at 12:49 PM
The owner of this home is feeling no hardship, it's my understanding that he is employeed and enjoys much success as a latex salesman. Giddie up.


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