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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Sunday, March 14, 2010

187 7th Avenue, Park Slope

(NE corner of 7th Avenue and 2nd Street; aka 501 2nd Street and 495-505 2nd Street)

Blog reader addition!

Project Type: Existing Building

Project Description: None (vacant building)

Status: Sealed, Vacant Building

Background: This classic Park Slope building was known mostly for the ground floor “Landmark Pub.” The pub closed in the late 1990s and the fa├žade and apartments above fell into disrepair. Since 2003 there has been a steady stream of complaints and violations about the failure to maintain the building and deteriorating conditions. Reports indicate that window frames were splintered and that glass was broken and at risk of falling on the sidewalk.

The city erected an emergency sidewalk shed in 2007, but there were reports throughout 2008 and 2009 that the sidewalk shed was not being adequately maintained and was in Disrepair. Metal bars on the sidewalk shed were bent or missing, and there was a gap between the shed and the building.

In May 2009 then-Councilmember De Blasio intervened to get the sidewalk shed repaired. By January 2010, conditions had deteriorated again, the shed was in disrepair.

There are no active permits for the shed, and the building remains sealed.

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