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, March 15, 2010

22 Caton Place, Kensington

(between Ocean Parkway and East 8th Street)

Project Type: New building

Project Description: Construction of a new 7 story, 58 unit building

Status: Fenced lot. No activity.

UPDATE 3/15/2010: DOB added to "Stalled Sites" list for extra monitoring

Background: Demolition of the previous building was started in 2005. Numerous violations were incurred during the demolition phase, citing non-compliant and damaged fencing, and failure to properly store combustible materials. The developer sought an upzoning from R6 to R7A to enable construction of an 8-story building. There was significant neighborhood opposition. Community Board 7 voted unanimously to disapprove the ULURP application, and the Borough President disapproved the application, recommending R7B instead. City Planning approved the R7B designation, and the developer modified his plans. Plans for a new building were filed in 2007. The design was by architect Karl Fischer.

The developer had difficulties obtaining financing. The site remained idle while permits expired and the job site fence continued to deteriorate. As of late 2009 there were 8 open violations and there is considerable debris on the lot. There is no activity but the site has not been declared as stalled.

1 comment:

  1. This site hasn't actually changed hands, as far as I know. The owner didn't want to sell, just profit indefinitely, so the developer entered into a long-term lease of the property. To get the site cleaned up you'll probably have to chase the owner, but here's the leaseholder's contact:

    Empire Equities
    (212) 754-6400