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Blight Me: South Slope Icy, Gaping Hole Edition

January 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We firmly believe that developer blight is going to emerge as one of the THE issues of 2009. We’re talking about construction sites that are either abandoned or left to fester for so long that they become ugly, dangerous to the community and a kick in the ass to quality of life. So, we’re starting a new GL Series today called Blight Me, in which we’re going to be featuring properties that in some way royally f*ck up life for their neighbors and neighborhoods. We noticed this one because pedestrians were walking in the middle of the street to avoid the ice built up in front of this site. This is what the inside of 314 12th Street looks like. It’s supposed to be a four-story building with eight units. The project had a stop work order, but that lifted in November. Now, there’s a brand new one, after this complaint: “CLR STE THAT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE IS NEXT TO HIS HM 316 12STREET.. NEXT DOOR THEY ARE DRILLING WHOLE IN THE GROUND AND IT CAUSED A BIG HOLE IN THE BACK AND FRONT OD 316 12 STREET.PLS INVESTIGATE.” They’re allowed to fix the BIG HOLE. The site has drawn a mightily impressive 28 complaints to DOB since work started in 2007. We could say the solution is to levy monstrous fines on the owners of the property, but that’s only going to lead to the next problem we will face: abandonment. In some ways, what we are facing over the next several years in Brooklyn will be every bit as bad as buidings being torched for profit in the 1970s and 1980s and the impact it had neighborhoods where it was going on. Only now, we’re talking about places like Williamsburg and the South Slope rather than Bushwick and East New York.

Tags: Blight Me · South Slope

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  • 1 Rita // Feb 1, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Yep. I agree with you. There is a property here on my block in LIC that has become a haven for rats, mice, raccoons and other vermin. I have complained to the Department of Health, the Saniation Department and the community board and nothing has been done. This property has been left empty for almost 3 years now. It is development gone bad. What can Bloomberg say now? Is the city going to do soemthing about it – I’ll bet not.
    – An LIC native