Tuesday, May 28, 2013

More Headaches For Neighbors Of Construction Site At 467 Union Street

Construction site at 467 Union Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets
Second Stop Work Order issued to 467 Union Street on May 14th, 2013
Neighboring building at number 465 Union Street
Repaired damage to Number 465 Union Street

More misery for the neighbors of a construction site on Union Street between Hoyt and Bond Street. For the second time since work began at 467 Union Street, a full Stop Work Order has been issued by the NYC Department Of Buildings.

Back in September 2012, excavation work for a new building at this address caused severe structural cracks to the neighboring building at 465 Union Street. In response, NYC Department Of Buildings imposed the first Stop Work Order for number 467. The agency also issued a Vacate Order to number 465.

Over the last few months, the cracks to the fa├žade at number 465 have been repaired, the Vacate Order lifted  and construction resumed next door.  However, more trouble lay ahead for the home owner. Just this month, DOB imposed a second Full Stop Work Order to #467 Union Street after a 311 complaint stating that the construction had "changed the water course, blocking the natural water drainage under the foundation, creating flooding of neighboring properties at #463 and 465."

Once featured as a House Of The Day on Brownstoner, the original building at 467 Union Street was marketed by Corcoran as a teardown. After some time on the market, it was eventually sold for $377,000 in March 2012 to Jill and John Bouratoglou, the husband and wife team behind Bouratoglou Architect, PC. Shortly afterwards, permits were filed with NYC Department Of Buildings for a four-story, one family house.

Granted, water drainage and flooding are an ongoing problem for residents along Gowanus, but one can't help but feel sorry for the neighbors of this construction site.  They certainly have had to deal with their fair share of trouble.

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