Thursday, December 06, 2007

City Not Taking "Duplicate" Complaints About Fart Cloud Bldg.?

The site of the former Giant Fart Cloud Building (aka 5 Roebling Street, which has partially been reduced to a flatulent pile of rubble) in Williamsburg become a very active place this week (complete with blowtorches cutting up steel in the night). So much so that blogger Bad Advice, whose building was threatened with damage before the Department of Buildings put a halt to the festivities, says that recent calls to 311 have been rejected. She writes in an email:
Now when I call 311 to report work going on for the third day in a row they won't even take the complaint because they don't like to duplicate complaints. They're doing a whole lot more than removing debris.
There are five active complaints with the Department of Buildings, including several from this week. Frankly, while we understand a distaste for creating duplicate complaints, we're rather flabbergasted that 311 operators would refuse to take complaints that refer to more activity on a different day and complaints that allege that more than debris removal is happening at one of Williamsburg's more interesting demolition sites. How else can residents register evidence of possible problems--especially repeated ones? Further updates as they become available, as we don't mind duplicating reports of late night work and activity that is alleged to perhaps be making a mockery of a Stop Work Order. The pattern of activity is even more interesting than a single incident.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what else is happening besides debris removal? You allude to something ominous going on but offer no information whatsoever. But what else is new.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Miss Heather said...

I once had an operator try to discourage me from filing complaint because someone else had complained about the same incident: illegal after-hours construction at 143 Huron. I insisted that she take it anyway--- and she did.

This is a fairly recent phenomenon. I suppose if the D.O.B. isn't up to doing their job, they can always bring the mountain to Mohammed, so to speak. Nothing would do this more effectively like reducing the number of incoming complaints they receive.

This practice would also have the added benefit of making them look like they are doing a better job: less complaints = the D.O.B. is an effective deterrent against potential law breakers.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

10:45 AM  

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