Menacing N. 10th Street Demolition Site Still Wide Open
We have posted and posted and posted and posted and posted and posted about the wide open demolition site that takes up about 2/3 of the block between N. 9th and N. 10th Streets and Driggs and Roebling Avenues in Williamsburg. We are posting it again as we found it open again yesterday, although the site certainly would have offered some excellent sledding opportunities had there been just a bit more snow. The site is known by several addresss including 208 N. 10th Street, 199-211 N. 9th Street and 489 Driggs.
While there has been some enforcement at this construction site related to a shed going up without a permit, we fail to understand the Department of Building's ailure to deal with the lack of a secure fence since demolition started in August. While we understand that more blatant safety threats are a higher priority, surely someone at DOB understands that eventually someone will be killed or injured while wandering around one of these sites. (If you look closely at the bottom photo, in fact, you can see footsteps in the snow.) These sites are a tragedy waiting to happen, and the hazards at this site, in particular, have been allowed to persist for nearly half a year. By walking through the holes in this fence, anyone can walk into a building that is being demolished, gain access to heavy equipment and climb on rubble. A Stop Work Order would certainly get the attention of those that have allowed these conditions to exist. Is it a small thing? In the scheme of things, it is. Is it the kind of situation that speaks to much large problems in a critical public agency? Absolutely.