Thursday, May 03, 2007

Demolitions resumed at corner of Flatbush and Pacific

For those walking by the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, yes, demolition work has resumed at 189 Flatbush Avenue, 191 Flatbush Avenue, 193 Flatbush Avenue, and 618 Pacific Street, buildings owned by developer Forest City Ratner.

That news was called in to me by an area resident, so I checked with the Buildings Department, which issued a statement:
For safety and stability reasons, the Buildings Department is allowing permitted demolition work already underway at the time of last week’s incident to continue at four sites.

This decision was made on Tuesday after the developer provided the Buildings Department with safety plans and structural stability reports, and designated a licensed Site Safety Manager to monitor demolition work at the four sites.


The decision was not announced in a press release, nor on the Atlantic Yards Construction Updates page.

Previous pledge

Last Friday, the Empire State Development Corporation issued a statement in response to the incident at the Ward Bakery, saying, in part:
To that end, the Empire State Development Corporation and developer Forest City Ratner have agreed that the developer will temporarily suspend all abatement and demolition activities until the City’s Department of Buildings concludes its preliminary investigation or the City directs us otherwise.

Apparently the latter scenario is at hand. However, no new oversight body, as requested by community groups, has yet been established.

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