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.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

1061 52nd Street, Borough Park

(between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 11th Avenue)

Project Type: New building

Project Description: Construction of a new building to serve as an annex to adjacent public school

Status: Resumed

Background: This site was initially slated for construction o a new 7 story, 42 unit residential building. Permits were filed in 2002 and 2003, demolition proceeded, but then activity ceased and the site remained idle. In 2006 the DOB reported that the site was abandoned, leaving a 120 foot x 120 foot hole that was accumulating water and posed safety concerns for students at the adjacent school as well as neighbors. The plan for a residential building was abandoned, and the property was acquired by the School Construction Authority in order to build a new 5 story building that would serve as an annex to P.S. 160, the adjacent school that faces Fort Hamilton Parkway. There were delays due to zoning questions, and the site was declared stalled in May 2009. The excavation continued to deteriorate and water accumulated again. The excavation was unsafe and abutted the schoolyard, creating potential risk if children scaled the fence.

The DOB's outreach to the owner (the School Construction Authority) resulted in removal of stagnant water, grading and fence corrections. New permits were issued in November and December 2009, and as of January 2010 construction work has resumed.

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