Dr. Klara Alperstein lives next door to a mansion that looks abandoned on Winding Road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. “It’s depressing, frankly speaking,” she says. Dr. Alperstein has lived there since 1978 and has been thinking about selling her house, but won’t because she says the house is an eyesore that is bringing down property value.
The 20,000 square foot mansion is covered by plastic but it’s coming undone. Klara says she’s seen animals crawling inside and suspects mould is growing under the tarp.
“We are concerned each time there is a huge storm, and we’ve had some big ones, whether part of the building will fly into our property.” The homeowner, singer Deniece Williams, could not be reached for comment. Township officials say construction started in 2008 and has come to a halt.
Township spokesperson Bridget Palmer says, “We’ve communicated with her to see if she still intends to finish and as far as we’ve been told she is.” Neighbours want the town to step in, but officials say Williams has been in compliance with the law and is paying her property taxes.
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