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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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

400 15th Street, Park Slope

(between 7th and 8th Avenues)

Project Type: New building

Project Description: New 5 story 18-unit residential building

Status: Full Stop Work Order in effect


ECB violation for water in cellar, cite is well fenced 5/12/20

: HPD removed the unbraced concrete walls on the 3rd floor and installed a sidewalk shed. DOB reports that there is no immediate threat

Background: In 2004 demolition of a 1 story commercial building was undertaken and a new 5 story residential condo building was planned. The site is directly across the street from the Park Slope Armory. Through 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, neighbors at the rear and side of the property reported that the excavation work undermined their yards, but inspectors did not substantiate the complaints and did not issue violations until 2007.

Multiple Stop Work Orders have been issued: July 2005 due to a report of damage, March 2006 because the neighborhood underwent a downzoning and this building was not sufficiently advanced to be grandfathered (though only 15% complete, the Board of Standards and Appeals approved the developer’s request to proceed due to financial hardship in complying); May 2007 because the adjacent building had cracks and there was movement into the excavation site; February 2008 because the scaffolding did not have adequate safety equipment; and January 2009 because the revised plans were not in compliance with the zoning. The site was declared Stalled in December 2009.

An Emergency Declaration was filed due to unbraced cement walls at the 3rd story, fencing was inadequate and the building was open and accessible. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development was brought in to remove the unbraced walls on the 3rd floor and install protective materials on the roof.

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