Thursday, July 11, 2013

Balconies Out of Bounds

Balconies Unsafe at New Fourth Ave Condo Building, City Says (DNA Info)

"Residents in a new high-rise condo where apartments sell in the $800,000s are being warned to stay off their balconies after inspectors discovered cracks on several terraces recently, a Department of Buildings spokeswoman said. The DOB ordered residents at 500 Fourth Ave. not to go onto their balconies — a selling point in the 12-story building — because inspectors found "deterioration in the concrete" and pieces in danger of falling, according to DOB records.

... A 311 caller complained July 7 about "shaking/vibrating/structural stability" at the building, a spokesman for the city's 311 program said. The complaint was routed to the DOB for assessment.

Building workers on site did not respond to questions or provide contact information for property management."


There'll be another mammoth building going up one block north before too long. And any day now, with the permits in place, and the demolition sign-offs mysteriously resolved (adequately weatherproofing the side of our house no longer an issue!), construction for a four-storey-plus-penthouse-million-plus-per-apartment building will begin next door.  Let the fun begin.

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