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Blight Me: Kensington’s 23 Caton Place

February 5th, 2009 · No Comments

[Photo courtesy of Shannon Wagner/Picassa]

This abandoned hulk is 23 Caton Place in Kensington. It represents another Blight Me category: the semi-finished abandoned buiding that has gone into foreclosure or on which has simply stopped. There’s a community meeting about this monstrosity tonight from 7PM-9PM at the International Baptist Church at 312 Coney Island Avenue. Kensington Brooklyn prints something from a reader:

I just want to extend the invitation to attend this meeting to all of our neighbors to the south. The hulking skeleton of a building near the horse stables is being foreclosed upon and the community is being pro-active about trying to make sure something (good) is done with it….The meeting is sponsored by: Assemblymember Jim Brennan, Councilmember Bill de Blasio, Community Board 7 and the Pratt Center for Community Development. We will discuss 23 Caton Place, the 7-story, 107-unit condo building that is currently an unfinished skeleton. We will discuss neighbors’ concerns about the site as well as the possibility of finding a responsible developer who could complete the project. We will be joined by representatives from the NYC Departments of Housing, Preservation and Development, Transportation, Sanitation, and the Housing Development Corporation…If you live in the shadow of this half-finished monstrosity, this may be of interest to you.

Get used to it, friends, because we have seen the immediate future and it looks a lot like this. Developer blight doing violence to the quality of life of the commmunities. It is going to be one of the top public policy issues in Brooklyn in the next several years.

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