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Construction Site Du Jour: Repeat Winner Burg’s 218 N. 9 St.

January 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is 218 N. 9 Street in Williamsburg, where demolition started months ago and then stopped abruptly. Since then, the fence has been more open than closed, allowing for all sorts of sordid activity not to mention being a threat to public safety. That shredded thing above is a city violation and we’re running this to show just how effective and frightening to developers the DOB’s enforcement system is. Someone will eventually die in one of these sites in Williamsburg, which is why we keep running these posts–to create a public record of the bureaucratic ineptitude that is allowing dangerous conditions to flourish. And, it is going to get worse as more and more sites are abandoned as project financing dries up. Oh, we’ve written about this one before, calling it a great spot for a shag al fresco.

Tags: Construction Issues · Uncategorized · Williamsburg

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  • 1 WB Parent // Jan 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I called 311 (and then transferred to the building dept) about a site on Grand @ Driggs. It was a 25 foot open pit with the padlock to it cut and the huge door wide open. The next day it was locked and secure. People should be calling 311 constantly (get the complaint # and use it when calling multiple times, they are logged) about this kind of negligence. I think it was just luck that my complaint was rectified so quickly, but sometimes 311 actually works.