Property upkeep ordinance in the works in Mantoloking

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MANTOLOKING — The borough is working on an ordinance that, if approved, would enforce property maintenance standards.

Councilman Henry Rzemieniewski led the initial push for the ordinance, which was initially inspired by the “Katharine Hepburn House,” which once stood on the beach at Lyman Street and has since been torn down.

The house, where Ms. Hepburn summered in the 1980s, stood on stilts above the sand during its latter days. It had remained uninhabited and in a state of disrepair following Superstorm Sandy, Councilman Lance White said. He did not have an exact timeframe for when the structure was abandoned.

Both aesthetically displeasing and dangerous to residents, the borough moved to tear the house down, a process allowed under the New Jersey version of the International Residential Code [IRC], Councilman White said.

“It was demolished because it was considered by our construction official to be structurally unsafe,” Councilman White said.

The new ordinance, inspired by this property, would not deal with unsafe structures but more aesthetic home components, including dumpsters left on properties during stalled construction, homes in disrepair that do not fall under the IRC, overgrown landscaping and mold, Councilman White said.

“This would benefit our residents by helping to allow our town to maintain it’s beauty and character,” he said.

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