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.

Help the effort to convert local blight to community benefit by providing feedback and tracking the progress of each site.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010

103-105 Kane Street, Columbia Waterfront District

(between Columbia Street & Tiffany Place)

Blog reader addition!

Project Type: New Building

Project Description: Construction of a 5-story 7 unit residential building with community facility

Status: Vacant Lot

Background: In early 2008, plans were filed for a 5 story building with a community facility. The zoning (R6) at the time allowed for bonus floor area (based on height or bulk) if a community facility is provided (though “community facility” is broadly defined to include medical offices); using that bonus, the developer filed for a 5 story, 16,000 square foot building, with a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of about 4.0. Excavation was initiated in June 2008.

The Carroll Gardens/Columbia Waterfront Contextual Rezoning would have only allowed for a FAR of 3.0. The DOB inspected the site and determined that the foundation was not started, and a Stop Work Order was issued.

The site is idle, though not “stalled” under the DOB classification. The covering on the front fence is poorly maintained, but the fence is intact, the lot is in reasonably good condition, and there have not been complaints or violations.

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