Stalled Development in the 39th Council District

We need to make these sites into assets for the community. Many of these developments are causing real hazards for their neighbors, with fences falling down on sidewalks, loose construction debris that can become deadly in high winds, and unsecured sites that are dangerous for children and an invitation to squatting.

Help the effort to convert local blight to community benefit by providing feedback and tracking the progress of each site.
Leave comments below on a individual site to update us on the conditions. If you call 311 about an issue, please leave a complaint number in the comment.

Monday, February 1, 2010

100 Congress Street, Columbia Waterfront District

(between Hicks and Columbia Streets, alongside the BQE)

Project type: New building

Project description: Several commercial buildings were demolished to make way for the construction of a new 6 story residential building.

Status: Proceeding

Background: Demolition and new building permits were issued in 2008 and demolition work advanced. The DOB received complaints about work being done without permits, unsafe worker conditions, and impediments to the sidewalks. Inspectors for most of these complaints did not see the conditions reported in the complaint, and therefore did not issue violations. However, in the latter half of 2008 work came to a halt.

In August 2009, the DOB declared the site as stalled at the excavation phase. Permits remained current and “non-daily” work resumed to build the foundation and a steel superstructure for the base of the building.

By the end of 2009, construction had proceeded significantly, with exterior walls on the lower floors and a steel superstructure rising to the 5th floor. The DOB issued violations for inadequate fencing and worker safety concerns, but inspectors were satisfied that remedial measures were being taken.

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