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

716 Ditmas Avenue, Kensington

(between East 7th and East 8th Streets)

Project Type: New building

Project Description: Construction of a new 3 story house of worship

Status: Vacant lot, no activity

Update 8/2010: tree debris on sidewalk preventing pedestrian access 6/22/10.

Background: Plans in 2003 indicate that a 2 story residence was going to be enlarged in the rear and converted into a facility for Congregation Tifereth Tomor Dvora Sfard, a Sephardic congregation on Ocean Parkway. It’s unclear whether or not the planned work was done, but in 2006 permits for a larger expansion (horizontal and vertical) were disapproved, and in 2008 the building was demolished. Plans for construction of a new 3 story synagogue were approved. Construction equipment was brought on site but no significant work was done, and now exists as a fenced, vacant lot.

The site was declared Stalled in July 2009. The mortgage owner, First Central Savings Bank, became insolvent, and in September 2009 Wachovia assumed ownership of the mortgage. As of December, all permits were expired, a tractor and construction equipment were on the site, and there was no activity.

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