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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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

559 Carroll Street, Park Slope

(between 4th and 5th Avenues)

Project Type: New building

Project Description: Construction of new 4 story residential building

Status: Undermined adjacent building; Stop Work Order issued; site backfilled, rakers and foot blocks installed; Declared stalled 12/10/2009.

Background: Plans for this 4 story residential building were initiated in 2007. A stop work order was issued in March 2008 because an adjacent building was undermined by the underpinnings operation. Remedial actions included drypack underpinning and the installation of rakers and heel blocks in support of the rakers. Subsequently, a violation was issued because there was no protection at the sides of the excavation.

The site was declared stalled in December 2009 and an emergency declaration was issued because the excavation was still undermining the adjacent property and the walls were bulging. The Emergency Declaration required that the excavation be backfilled. HPD reported that the owner was complying.

As of early February 2010, the site was backfilled, graded and fenced, and rakers whalers and heel locks were installed for temporary shoring to the adjoining property. The DOB reported that there is no immediate threat.

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