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

1270 44th Street, Borough Park

(between 12th and 13th Avenues)

Project type: New building

Project description: Demolition of 4 story building, construction of a new 4 story, 6 unit building

Status: Stalled construction site

Background: An application for a new building permit was filed in 2005, but demolition permits were not issued until 2008. Demo and excavation was undertaken, but permits expired in April 2009. In July 2009 the site was declared stalled. The inspector reported that the excavation was deteriorating, that a fence was up but the site was closed and there was no activity. The first inspection indicated that there was no immediate threat, but three weeks later the inspector reported that the fence was defective and the site was unsafe. A violation was issued declaring a failure to maintain building walls. The excavation, approximately 12 ft deep, and the foundation walls are installed but not braced, making structural stability questionable.

In August, the inspector spoke with the contractor, who said that there was no money, and an emergency declaration was required to backfill the excavation. An inspection in December 2009 reported that the site was backfilled and a heavy corrugated metal fence was in place and secure. There are five outstanding violations.

1 comment:

  1. First off: is this property still owned/operated by the owner listed by ACRIS, Pinches Friedman?

    Secondly: is it possible for a private entity to rent the property from the owner and procure non-building permits (concession, fire, food, etc.) for the duration of a few months without the intention of altering the property?