Ah yes - 314 12th Street. The story of this development site has been dragging on for years, and its squalid progress has been chronicled by bloggers such as IMBY, and the late Bob Guskind (how I miss Gowanus Lounge) as far back as 2008. From Gowanus Lounge in January '09:
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.
In my own amateurish way I've had also my eye on 314 over the years, and have posted about it several times. Here's how it looked almost a year ago, and last fall, when it was listed at over $4 million dollars, though in truth that's pretty much how it's looked since at least 2010. Sold as a teardown in 2007, demolition & "construction" at this site has gone on for SIX YEARS, with stacks of complaints & violations along the way. In the last month or two though, there's been a flurry of activity: viz, the upgrade of the Juliet balcony (which must comprise the 9 square feet of outdoor space listed for one of the apartments), the addition of window boxes, some trim painting, and a cornice (of sorts) topping the brick portion of the building. Can we call this a huge improvement? I think not.
In the spirit of 314 construction, here's Act 2, Scene 2 of Romeo & Juliet. The balcony scene.