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

900 Coney Island Avenue, Kensington

(between Ditmas Avenue and 18th Avenue)

Project Type: Alteration/new building

Project Description: Alteration of a store & apartments to commercial & community facility; four story horizontal & vertical extensions (behind Domino's Pizza)

Status: Update 8/2010: violation issued for warped cellar doors 5/4/10.

Empty shell

Background: A small building housing a commercial storefront (currently Domino’s Pizza) and apartments was slated for a major expansion up and back, adding a 6 story commercial and community facility. The first permits were filed in 2001, but there was a gap of 5 years until zoning lots were combined and a new round of permits were filed. In the interim, a violation was issued for the operation of a school on the second floor of the existing building. Also in the interim, the owner filed for bankruptcy and his real estate holdings were contested by his spouse.

Work was resumed in 2006. The shell of the expansion was constructed, but a Stop Work Order was issued in October 2007 due to failure to protect the roof of an adjacent property. Though repairs were made and the SWO was rescinded in November 2007, work ceased and the permits expired in December 2007. There is no evidence of subsequent activity. The Domino’s is open, and the new section remains incomplete. The site was declared Stalled in June 2009. The DOB reports that there is no immediate threat.

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